Eldar Harlequins – High Avatar


“All their wars are merry, and all their songs are sad.”
G. K. Chesterton,  Ancient Terran

Oh the joy, my first painted miniature in ages! This one must be the most colourful piece I’ve ever painted… Eldar Harlequins High Avatar circa 1988, Oldhammer some might say. They still are charming, aren’t they?

I had to wrestle with this one quite a bit, I must admit. No wonder since it’s been more than two months from the last painting session. But that wasn’t the only thing bothering me.

You might think the Harlequins are rather relaxed and dashing things to paint since they are so colourful characters and have a weird liberty of breaking all the rules of colour theories with their “tasteless” combination of colourful tights and crazy patterns. I too thought so, but guess I was wrong…

In case of Harlequins it’s usually the freehanding that some people find hard to come up with. To me it is rather everyday yoghurt and even though I’m not the most accurate in it, I think I can manage.

But the thing is, the damn colour-minimalist that I’ve been force feeding for quite some time has stuck in me pretty hard and deep. In the case of colourful Harlequin I felt like I was rebelling against my very core when using much broader palette than before. It felt – illogical.

Because of this mental struggle the first couple of evenings felt like everything I did was a total failure. The paint job I did was out of place, detached from the concept I had in my head. Weird colour themes and patterns vibrated wildly in my retinas making no sence what so ever.

I was frustrated.

During the last one third I became aware of what I was supposed to do and found the solution for my problems. I used Photoshop to sketch some colour schemes and vóila, I was back on track. From there on the thing was a pure joy to paint.

So this is my entry to our little Eldar challenge. There’s much of me from the early days of the Spiky Rat Pack, when I mainly painted old lead. I’ve always loved miniatures from this era and hope I made it clear and visible in this project. He won’t be the last one of his/her kin either…


19 thoughts on “Eldar Harlequins – High Avatar

  1. Great paint job, Kari. Love the stark contrasts between black areas and the red/white checked ones. The addition of orange hair and a spot of purple are great little gimmicks to add flavour. Fantastic!


  2. These miniatures are so classic; you’ve done a great job of painting this – even more so as you’ve not painted in ages. To just be able to turn talent like that back on is amazing. I love the muted tones. Looks superb.

    Are you going to be painting more from the same series?


    1. Cheers mate! I’ve got about ten more of these, so I’ll most definitely paint some more! But before that I need to paint another way more interesting project 😉


  3. What a treat! Would be amazing to take a buddy pic with my Solitaire. There is a fitting and amazing Slaaneshi vibe to the scheme and like I said earlier, your style is just so epicly fitting for the old school models. I’m also grateful for the fresh palette that has forced you to keep that devlan mud coffee filter wash mostly in the closet.


    1. Cheers Migs! Seeing these two next to each other would be mind blasting! There’s still a hint of Devlan there, just a little bit 😀 Old habits die hard.


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