My Eldar army is my current go-to competitive army, and I don't see my Dark Eldar taking their place anytime soon. So the question becomes, if I want to build a Dark Eldar army based on casual gaming, but can still hang with some competitive lists, what should I do?
Well, this would be an easy decision if Games Workshop had left Harlequins in the Dark Eldar Codex. I would simply proxy a Solitaire for Lelith, a Great Harlequin for an Archon / Succubus, load up 2-3 squads of Harlequins in Raiders (by using the Fast Attack slots), max out Venom Warriors, and proxy a Harlequin Dreadnought for a Talos. Done deal! I get to run pure Dark Eldar and have a Harlequin themed force that can actually make it across the battlefield in one piece. I could even throw in some WWP's for some great shenanigans. Appearing exactly where I need them to be in a Raider.
|This might make you want to build a Harlequin army too!|
For now, I could choose to run Dark Eldar primary with Eldar allies for a relatively inexpensive investment. I could have a Great Harlequin (Autarch or Phoenix Lord), 2 squads of 3 Jetbikes and a squad of Harlequins. The Dark Eldar primary would incluce Lelith (Solitaire) and either a Succubus, Archon, or even Haemonculi (who I could play off as a Great Shadowseer). Since I am limited to one squad I would almost certainly use a WWP - I need to get them where they need to be in one piece (and not shot up in my own deployment zone).
Dark Eldar Harlequin Army: 1,850 points
Dark Eldar Primary:
Solitaire (Lelith) - 150
Great Shadowseer (Haemonculi w/ WWP, Armour of Misery, Flesh Gauntlet) - 130
6x5 Warriors in Venoms - 630
Raider w/ Night Shields - 70
5 Scourges (4 Haywire Blasters) - 120
Great Harlequin (Autarch w/ Shard of Anaris, Fusion Gun) - 120
7 Harlequins (7 kisses, 2 fusion pistols) - 174
2x3 Jetbikes - 102
6 Warp Spiders - 114
Harlequin Great Dreadnought (Wraithknight) - 240
There are some more shenanigans with Harlequins and Dark Eldar that can be done with Eldar as a primary and Dark Eldar allies (or by using the Dark Eldar Codex Detachment). More on that next time!