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Fresh-Faced New User

After 10 years of absence, I'm returning to the hobby and I have NO idea what's going on in the game...

I have always loved harlequins, but they used to be a joke on the battlefield (pun intended), but someone told me they were playable/decent now.
I made this list by looking at a bunch of tournament lists and then making sure I added some stuff (like void weavers), so that I would have models of all types in the list to keep some diversity.

Any help/tips/feedback/tactics would be much appreciated!
(and I do mean ANY, because I literally have zero clue ho to play the game in 9th and how I am supposed to use this army)

++ Harlequins [102 PL, 1,999pts, -5CP] ++

+ Configuration +

Masque Form: Mixed Detachment, The Soaring Spite: Serpent's Blood

+ Stratagems +

Enigmas of the Black Library (2 Relics) [-3CP]

+ HQ +

Shadowseer [6 PL, 115pts, -1CP]: 6: Player of the Twilight, Shield From Harm, Stratagem: Pivotal Role (Veil of Illusion), Twilight Pathways, Warlord, Webway Dance, Shuriken Pistol

Troupe Master [4 PL, 70pts]: Choreographer of War, Fusion Pistol, Harlequin's Blade, The Twilight Fang

+ Troops +

Troupe [5 PL, 110pts]
4x Player: Fusion Pistol, Harlequin's Embrace
1x Player: Shuriken Pistol, Harlequin's Blade

Troupe [5 PL, 114pts]
4x Player: Fusion Pistol, Harlequin's Kiss
1x Player: Shuriken Pistol, Harlequin's Blade

Troupe [5 PL, 114pts]
4x Player: Fusion Pistol, Harlequin's Caress
1x Player: Shuriken Pistol, Harlequin's Blade

Troupe [5 PL, 114pts]
4x Player: Fusion Pistol, Harlequin's Caress
1x Player: Shuriken Pistol, Harlequin's Blade

Troupe [5 PL, 90pts]
4x Player: Fusion Pistol, Harlequin's Blade
1x Player: Shuriken Pistol, Harlequin's Blade

+ Elites +

Death Jester [3 PL, 50pts]: Humbling Cruelty

Death Jester [3 PL, 50pts, -1CP]: Cegroach's Lament, Harvester of Torment, Mythic Role

Solitaire [5 PL, 102pts]: Blitz, Cegorach's Rose, Harlequin's Caress, Harlequin's Kiss

+ Fast Attack +

Skyweavers [15 PL, 275pts]
5x Skyweaver: Haywire Cannon, Zephyrglaive

Skyweavers [15 PL, 275pts]
5x Skyweaver: Haywire Cannon, Zephyrglaive

+ Heavy Support +

Voidweaver [5 PL, 100pts]: Prismatic Cannon, 2x Shuriken Cannon

Voidweaver [5 PL, 100pts]: Prismatic Cannon, 2x Shuriken Cannon

+ Dedicated Transport +

Starweaver [4 PL, 80pts]: 2x Shuriken Cannon

Starweaver [4 PL, 80pts]: 2x Shuriken Cannon

Starweaver [4 PL, 80pts]: 2x Shuriken Cannon

Starweaver [4 PL, 80pts]: 2x Shuriken Cannon

This message was edited 4 times. Last update was at 2020/12/25 20:13:10

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Nervous Accuser

Atlanta, Ga

Firstly, welcome back.
Secondly, yes. They are surprisingly more viable now with more of their deeps strike shenanigans being released after psychic awakening.

With all of the high ap, standard move speed, ignoring terrain and around 5 attacks a piece in most cases. You've got a pretty nasty army on your hands.

It's just that they're still as squishy as other elder when someone manages to get a grip on them.
Serpent's blood will allow you to abuse your assault 1 pistol profile, remembering that this is even on "embarked" models. So all of your fusion pistols are now basically melta-guns with the standard range. Just read up on how to properly screen away other units, because this rule will be very little help in that regard.

If you are going to have your Shadowseer tanking melee, which they can do surprisingly well this time around. I'd suggest taking the "Suit of hidden knives" relic. As per the rules, this effect comes into play before you have to make your own saves and you can find a nice source of limiting their rolls with your own debuffs. So unless it's a character with a reliable re-roll aura that's baby sitting them, or the character in general. You will be carving off a few mortal wounds each combat phase.

Actually, now that I think about it. I'm starting to wonder if their re-roll aura actually keeps the relics effect from going off.

Also, as of the last FAQ update for Haywire cannons. They do cause mortal wounds on a 4+, even if that attack failed to actually do a wound. So it's good for taking wounds off of infuln-save spamming vehicles.


Sadly, they don't have any named characters as of yet. But I think you can slide in some Ynnari characters for that and still be viable for play. Though that's one ruling that I'd ask you get a 2nd opinion on.

This message was edited 2 times. Last update was at 2020/12/26 02:20:15

One has to wonder. Do the Tyranids consider drop-assault troops... fast food? 
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Swift Swooping Hawk


The list looks great, just a couple things you can do to optimize it.
Drop the fusion pistols from the 5th troupe. They’re going to be on foot so they just need to camp an objective or perform actions and they don’t need fusion pistols for that. Give them to the other squads instead. A lot of people aren’t bringing 2 death jesters any more or voidweavers but as you said those are there to complete your range of models so I think you’re set

Craftworlds Eldar: 8500
Dark Eldar: 1000
Harlequins: 1000
Raven Guard: 1500
Tyranids: 1500
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Ladies Love the Vibro-Cannon Operator


Welcome back!
List looks good. I also prefer a pure Harlie list including some Voidweavers.
You don't need need that many fusion pistols. I usually take two per squad.
Good luck!

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Dol guldur

Welcome back

I love harlequins! usually play them as soaring spite or frozen stars

The list looks very good, my advice is to play a 3rd 5 man bike unit

haywire is the best ranged weapon we have, it destroys vehicles with ease and been a blast weapon it can erase GEQ

If you drop a jester, keep the trade that lets you negate overwatch


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PainBringers 4k

Children of sorrow 2k 
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Crazed Spirit of the Defiler

This was very helpful, I haven't played 40k in probably 3 years but found a handful of really old metal Harlequins at my FLGS on sale. Looks like I have enough to make 2 Troupes of 5 guys and a Solitaire and a Shadowseer...also looks like I'm gonna need at least 5 more Troupe guys, and a crapton of jetbikes!

Are there any old fugly metal Eldar models that could be the Voidweavers/Starweavers? Since I am starting old school, it would be neat and ridiculous to stay old school.

This would be my first foray into Xenos, and coming from solid Chaos Marines and Daemons for 15 years. I'm excited for the circus!
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