The Eldar have always been close to my heart and perhaps particularly so the enigmatic Harlequins ( the word "enigmatic" has to be used at some point when discussing the Eldar...)
Now harlies were among of the first GW models I painted - including that awesome smiling jetbike. A friend of mine had the big harlequin box and the WD with the Rogue Trader rules and I was completely mesmerised by the imagery, the background, Jes´s models and the 'eavy metal teams exuberant paintjobs.
Unfortunately I'm a bit conflicted about GWs new harlequin release. My thoughts (rant mode warning...) on this matter can be found in the comment section on my buddy Kraut Scientists most excellent and comprehensive review of this release:
Suffice to say my two gripes about the models boils down to two things:
- The over dynamic (and sometimes ridiculous) poses.
- The strange shape of the masks. They have an unescessary rim that goes around the underside softening their profile and making them look like they have a double chin. (This can easily be rectified by carefully scraping the lower rim away.)
That said, these were issues that applied to the previous finecast incarnation of the Harlequis released in noughties so it's really not something new and the new versions are multi pose plastic so they're at least easier to tweak. In the end I just had to get a box to see what I could do with them - they are a treasure trove of bits and with some modifications, careful posing and a headswap or two you can make some truly spectacular pointy ears.
Here's my first attemt at a solitaire using a head from the dark eldar witch elfs:
Here she is showing off against the great enemy:
After struggling with the domino pattern on her right leg I have a newfound respect, bordering on awe, for the 'eavy metal painters. Doing such microscopic checkers like those on the studio army would have driven me insane...