These Harlequins were made for a friend as a commission; he provided me all the minis and wanted me to make them up in a classic/homogeneous style, trying to mix these two generations of minis and make them looking not too different.
stolen borrowed name GW took from Tolkien, meaning 'people of the stars') are the Space Elves. This race is divided in many branches, scattered through the galaxy, since they were taken to the brink of extinction milennia ago. One of these branches is the 'Harlequins', half warriors, half artists, custodians of the Eldar Knowledge in their Black Library and worshippers of the Laughing God.
I found it particularly difficult finding a proper scheme or colour pattern. They have traditionally been depicted quite similar to what we understand for a 'real' harlequin, with diamond pattern clothes or a jester appearance. My friend didn't want that, he asked specifically to ban the diamond scheme, so I looked for a more alien approach, trying to keep the essence and the 80's looks. How would I make them gaudy and classy at the same time?
Well, easy, making them just gaudy and forgetting about the classy thing :P.
Let's see them:
|That stain on the loincloth tried to be a trimming too|
|Yup. Harley Quinn WH40K version|
|In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only... dance!|