The Harlequin Troupe Master

The new Eldar Harlequins are amazing models, and (despite their very dynamic poses) there’s even some room for conversion! To make this Harlequin Troupe Master (who I have named “The Fellow of Infinite Jest”), I used one of the decorative Harlequins from the Starweaver kit (why add decorative minis when you can use them for awesome conversions?).

I bent his back leg just a bit to give him more of a dynamic pose and glued his front foot to a tiny ruin bit from the Eldar Wraithlord kit. It worked out perfectly! For his arms, I had to do a little cutting. In the Troupe kit, each figure’s shoulderpads are attached to their body. But, in the Starweaver kit, the figures shoulderpads are on the arms… but those arms aren’t holding the proper weapons to turn the figure into a Troupe Player! A simple cut at the elbows of all the arms allowed me to easily give the Troupe Master a shuriken pistol (actually, it’s a Dark Eldar pistol, but it looks close enough) and the Harlequin’s Caress glove weapon.

Harlequin Troupe Leader
A true Harlequin never has both feet on the ground!

Painting the Harlequin Motley is pretty insane, as you might imagine. My diamond pattern came out great! …eventually. It took many tries, and many paint-overs, and there might be a touch of chunkiness to the lines as a result… but it looks great from “table distance” (that is, when your eyes are one or two feet away, not looking really close or, say, view a picture taken with the macro setting on the camera). It was my first time doing anything like the Harlequin motley, so I’m pretty darn happy about it.

Here are some more pictures:

Harlequin Troupe Master, front
I actually worked a little to get his arms to splay at approximately the same angle. That’s how I do.
Harlequin Troupe Master, back
No pony tail and a shorter coat. Despite what the Codex says, this guy doesn’t need to be ostentatious to be in charge!
Harlequin Troupe Master, close front
There’s nothing very interesting about this photo, but I took it, so why not show it to you?

Surely, this won’t be the last Harlequin. More to come!

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