...the confrontation between Slaanesh and the Great Harlequin seemed to go on for ever. Other dancers melted from the stage as the two figures leaped, carthwheeled and somersaulted around each other. Slowly, in the background, the Mime-Daemons and the Harlequin troupers took up the dance resecting the movements of the two principals in perfect unison.The Dance ended abruptly, with the struggle unresolved. It was indeed the Dance Without End. The arena of Commorragh was quiet. The dancers left the normally blood-soaked arena. The audience sat stunned.
Even Vyriella, the leader of the malicious Cult of Decapitators, was silent and deeply thinking.
Never before has she seen the performance of a Harlequin troupe. Never before has anything she had seen in the arena touched her cold heart like this performance. Never before had any display of athletics impressed her that much. Never before had she thought about changing her way of life. She took great pleasure out of her fights in the arena. She and her cult of Wyches were only rivalled by the famous Lelith Hesperax, the leader of the Wych Cult of Strife.
In that moment she decided that she would mimic the Harlequins. She and her Cult would become like the Harlequins. Not on the stage, but on the battlefield.
The next night Vyriella’s Motley Cult was born. From that night on the galaxy was terrorised by the
It all started with an idea after the UK 2000 40K GT while Stephan Hess, Marco Schulze and me were sitting in a Nottingham diner and talking about next years armies. Stephan decided to do his Gobbo Cult of Speed army (check out WD #259) and Marco was really hot about the Tyranids (an really good army that was unfortunately completely overseen at this years GT but came back with a vengeance in 2002).
I always liked the Harlequins and would really like to play them. Problem as usual: GW did not have a proper Codex ready. During the studio tour the day before, I talked to Gav Thorpe and he told me that GW would not produce an official codex until the 2001 GT.
So I decided to use the Dark Eldar rules as a stand in army list.
After careful reading of the Dark Eldar army book, I decided that all the Haemunculi, Grotesques, Beast Packs and Talos would not fit in my idea of the Dark Harlequins. I envisioned the Dark Harlequins as a specialised Wychcult that was impressed by a Harlequin performance (see my introduction).
My basic concept for my army was the following:
- HQ - Archon or Dracon plus retinue as the Great Harlequin.
- Elite - Mandrakes as Master Mimes and Wyches as Harlequins.
- Troops - Raider squads as Mimes.
- Fast Attack - Reaver Jet bikes as Harlequin Jetbikes.
- Heavy Support - Scourges as Death Jester.
Later I also added a Talos. After some thinking I came to the conclusion that it would be possible for my Harlequins to use a Talos with a tortured Chaos Marine chained to the machine. The model was more or less complete builded out of spare parts and a Zombie head.
So all in all an ultra aggressive, super fast army.
After basically knowing what I wanted the next step was to convert some miniatures. I started with the troops. I decided that the Dark Eldar plastic body, after removing a lot of spikes and adding the head of an old Harlequin mini, would do the job. I even made some sketches to see if it may work.