These happy dancers are a Harlequin Troupe for Warhammer 40,000. In game they appear to be a close combat or very short ranged shooting unit and have a load of abilities to get them there by ignoring intervening terrain and such like. According to the army book I have (which I think is not the current one any more as it includes all the other Eldar and Necrons) there is a vast variety of weapons that they can carry at various costs, some of which are more expensive than the base Harlequin. Presumably these are all good for particular tasks but since I don’t have any experience I just equipped the Troupe with whatever looked nice. In the few games I’ve played we just assumed that the whole Troupe carried the same loadout for convenience.
The miniatures are absolutely beautiful to put together; they look dynamic but are not fiddly to either assemble or paint. Some of GW’s competitors could learn from this, though in general I suppose that I prefer the game balance of those other systems even with the slightly less amazing miniatures. Painting-wise the Harlequin Troupe got more or less the same treatment as the Troupe Master except that I stuck to a slightly more limited palette (avoiding blues for the most part) to link them together as a unit.
I would like to dedicate this post to ‘Junit‘ (i.e. June-unit) as proposed by the excellent Azazel. I always love their hobby blogging challenges even when I don’t take part.
Next on the painting table: Shadowseer.