I love Harlequins! The fluff, the minis, the paint schemes. They provide an opportunity to showcase outlandish and colourful minis in such a dreary and drab 40k universe.
There are no official inq scale harlequins. But kitbashing them is relatively easy if you can find a suitable model as a starting point. I say ‘relatively easy’ as harlies all wear masks, and sculpting masks is a hell of a lot easier than sculpting faces (which i don’t even bother attempting). And building harlequins is fun as you can attempt to pose them in dynamic and acrobatic positions, rarely seen with other 40k minis. If you have a 3d printer, there is also a range of amazing carnivale or clownlike gothic figures that could easily be converted to Harlequins [Ed: if only i had a 3d printer!]
I enjoy painting Harlequins. They are a riot of patterns and an excuse to go to town on bold colour combinations. Their distinctive checkerboard pattern can be a little intimidating to begin with, but if you lay out the pattern work on the mini first (i lay out the pattern using thin white paint), then it is fairly fast to do. I can see how painting checkers on an armylist of tiny 28mm harlequins would drive me nuts, but for only a few large minis it is not too daunting. Plus inq scale figures are twice as large, so it’s not so fiddly painting intricate patterns.
Here are the latest additions (auditions?) to the troupe.
For completeness, here is the rest of the troupe.
I plan to make only one more Harlequin, a death jester. I’m hoping to kitbash together a combination of tehnolog figures to make it.