Update On My Eldar Harlequin List For 40K 6th Edition…


What is more absurd?
Grown men pushing around little toy soldiers?
Grown men pushing around little toy soldiers which also happen to be clowns?
Tyranids have been getting some Fritz love as of late, I’ve got a slew of Necron posts in the queue, so now it’s time to work on the harlequins some more- one of my favorite armies for 40K…
The clowns, and Eldar in particular are in a very interesting place as of the moment- are we getting an update soon or not?
Right now my Harlequins are still in their 40K 5th edition configuration and while still “playable” they are nowhere near optimal for 6th, well as optimal as a themed army can be. Since the core of the army is 30 Harlequins on the table and that isn’t going to chance it makes me hesitant to update the army since I don’t know what new units or sweeping changes are going to happen to Eldar. GW I’m ready to spend some coin, but you are silent on the releases and I’m not buying till I know!
Will they be a completely new book like Dark Angels, or will they kind of be stuck in the middle with a few new units like Necrons?
I’ve experimented with DE allies but I’m not ready to take that further since I don’t want to build an army based on fortune/guide/doom only to have that taken away.
I also wonder if the Harlequins will chance themselves in terms of units, characters, and wargear? Sure GW did an easy cut and paste job from the Eldar codex to the DE codex, but who knows?
So, for now it is the waiting game, but in what direction have they been heading for those of you interested?
I used to rock just Eldrad, and then Maugan-Ra at 2K points, but now Eldrad and another seer is needed to keep the 30 clown up.
Can’t get away with just rangers anymore, pathfinders are mandatory and I’ve been moving to groups of three to four.
Wraithlords have been on the way out, and it KILLS me to say that…
I love the ‘lords, but with plasma EVERYWHERE, flyers of doom all around, and big blob units that are fearless to tarpit my wraithlords they just don’t work anymore or even remotely make the point back. When your three wraithlord die in a single turn of shooting in a couple if different games it’s time to take another look…
On the plus side that DOES free up a ton of points for the second seer, pathfinders and something else- and it’s that something else that I’m working on.
Something that can fit in well with the synergy of the army for now, and a slot of points free so when the new codex does drop I’ve got some options.
I’m going to be hitting up some of the more local tournaments this month with Jawaballs and I’d love to formally get the Harlies back on the table, or if not then at least my foot Eldar…


  1. Nice to see some Harlie love, I did so well in 5th with them, but it is hard to get them working as well in 6th. Look forward to more on this :D

  2. Hi Fritz,

    Good to see you using your Harlies. Shame about the Wraithlords since I agree with you they are gorgeous Models. Hopefully we will see The Eldar Codex before xmas. I thought it was November but turns out Lizardmen got that slot so we will have to wait and see

  3. Wraithlords have had it rough for a long time. Remember the missile spam all over the place from 5th? An S8 AP3 missile has a better chance of putting a wound on a 'Lord than an S7 AP2.

    C'mon 4++ invul....

  4. I also rocked this army (under your tutalige) in 5th ed. I may try it in future tournaments, but I believe I may try Warwalkers or jetbikes instead of the Wraithlords.

  5. I've had pretty good experiences with one unit of clowns, but never tried more than that. A lot of players underestimate them to their detriment, or waste time shooting into them. They make a great "no, you can't assault my fire base" unit. I like to do a hammer and anvil tactic with a static fire base and some jetbikes/jetlocks causing havoc, and I am frequently surprised by just how far eight clowns go toward keeping that fire base intact.

  6. i know it may not be allowable in comps in your area or even in friendly games in your local group but .. ive been using WARP HUNTERS from IA11 , they dont do the cc thing but they more than make up for it with the ap2 template (large blast or flamer) are roughly the same points and enhance the fire base greatly , wether the enemy is far away out of los (guided barrage) or closing on your lines ( zipp forward 12" and flame em to oblivion).

  7. I'd imagine with the amount of Jetbikes you have, they would also be a preferable troops choice with 6th edition. Eldrad is always good, but can sometimes slow down the Harlies depending on the terrain situation (I opt to have Eldrad move around terrain mostly). But, a Farseer on a Bike won't slow the Harlies down and the reality is Fortune/Doom is what Harlies need.

    With the Eldar players, I see a lot of 3 man bike squads, but I prefer the 9+1 Warlock. Locally, folks are still trying to figure this unit out as it provides me a lot of versatility. I also always place this unit in reserve and this affords me the opportunity to put them in the most advantageous positions.

    Not sure what you have in mind that has a great synergy with the 30 Harlies, unless you are looking into FW stuff.

  8. I think Fritz used the wraithlords as long range AT and high strength punchout unit for the harlies. That said, Karandras might be an answer for one problem, leaving the antitank antiflier problem. I guess 3 of whatever flier we get would solve it. Course that means wait and see.

  9. I'm working on 30 Harlequins myself, Eldrad and Avatar. Really for fun and love of the models.


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