Those of you who have a Harlequins army in Warhammer 40k, but don’t feel the default Detachment represents their evil space clowns well, good news! Remote_Barnacle9143 has crafted a Detachment that allows you to run only Harlequins.
For those of you who have played Warhammer 40k since 2015, the Harlequins were a standalone faction, separate from the Eldar army list. In 10th edition, this kind of army is represented by a 40k Detachment that gives buffs to units within that subfaction.
Unlike the seventh edition army list from 2015, ‘Defenders of the Black Library Detachment’ requires all of their models to be Harlequins. This takes away many Eldar tricks and tools – but it grants them extremely powerful abilities.
In terms of balance, it’s hard to say, but it’s thematically fitting for Harlequins, who are always depicted as one of the most powerful and smallest units in 40k.
Notably, Harlequin units have a boon called ‘Luck of the Laughing God’ that provides a single reroll each time they fire or fight. Since a Harlequin army is composed of multiple small units with powerful weapons, that will add up to a lot of rerolls.\
There are several 40k Stratagems for the Harlequin Detachment that emphasize their dance moves. these include
- Prismatic Blur, which gives a unit an invulnerable save on 3+ while boogieing out of the way of enemies, and
- Twilit Encore, which allows a unit to move 6″ during the movement phase of the opposition.
Detachment rules for 40k 10th edition proved to be flexible and elegant, making it easy for designers and fans to add new army-wide rules to the game.
One enterprising fan created both the Drukhari Detachment and Chaos Space Marine Detachments for each of the traitor legions, which Games Workshop released alongside the most recent balance dataslate. This new army should prove interesting enough for painters.