There has been a lot of talk about the Harlequins on the blogs these days and they are an army I have been thinking about playing for a while now. I like the look and the fluff (Yeah, I said it!) of the army.
What re-ignited my interest in them was that I found 10 harlequin jetbike face plates at a reasonable price over on E-bay. Normally they sell for around $10 each and I picked them up for around $3.50 each.
Since I am a big fan of Fritz over at The Way of Saim Hann and on his blog he has been running a Harlequin based army and I took a look at what he has been doing. He runs an army based around Harlequins, with Pathfinders as troops, and Wraithlords as heavy support. This army would have been great in 4th edition as a point denial army, but in 5th edition it is a bit fragile and lacks some punch. I would like to see some more batreps to see what this army can do. Horde armies seem like it is a big weakness as well as mech armies.
My Harlequin army will try to stay true to the 3rd edition Harlequin army that was in the Citadel Journal issue #39. It was a trial list so that is why no one ever real saw it in action. Another of the reasons why you never saw it was that it was not a really good army.
Here are the units that were in it, and how I will try to adapt them to the new elder codex:
The Great Harlequin
This guy was the head of the Masque and he can could kick some rear.
4th Edition equivalent: Autarch, Phoenix Lord
This is the psycher of the masque
4th Edition equivalent: Farseer
This guy is an army of one. Use to be able to take a unit on by himself.
4th Edition equivalent: Phoenix Lord (Karendras), Autarch
1-3 guys that are like a heavy support option and are armed with Missile Launchers and Brightlances
4th Edition equivalent: Dark Reapers
They don't need an explanation
4th Edition equivalent: Harlequins of course!
Harlequin Jetbike Squad
Harlequins on bikes!
4th Edition equivalent: Jetbikes, Shining Spears
A Venom was a modified Vyper that was able to navigate the webway. In the game it was able to carry 6 passengers, and had a Vyper's stats.
4th Edition equivalent: Falcon (Up gunned, and up armored version)
So to sum it up these are the units I can use:
Aurtarch + (Yriel)
Farseer + (Eldrad)
That is not much to go on.
So in our next chapter I will come up with some lists based on those units, and how in the heck am I going to win with a small expensive army against the heavy hitters of 5th edition.