I think Harkevich is getting a bad rep for no reason. He is our best jack caster but I think a lot of what he does is ignored by the things he does not do.
He is a premiere Jack caster but that does not mean you have to run lots of jacks with him... 3 Jacks is a lot of a Khadorian caster. They also don't have to be AoE pumping crazy jacks either, not even Black Ivan is a lock, he is only 1 AoE 3 template after all and a pillow fist (don't barrate me, BI is awesome I know I know). He is closer to a merc caster than anything else and we should play him as such.
Here is what he does well...
1. We can take the WGI without Joe, yes we lose tough for 2 points but fortune allows for our shots to hit without his boosts. Not to mention IFP if you want an all heavy armour army. They become a threat to infantry too... not to mention you are already a threat to low arm with all the shots you are throwing around.
Or maybe the Gun Carriage... MORE TEMPLATES
2. Makes out armour better for a turn. Seriously think about that for scenario play
3. Broadside (Do you best Admiral Akbar impression here) allows for another shot... dubious at best, if we have some AoE 4's to throw around maybe. Demolisher could make this a gold mine.
4. Pathfinder for our jacks
5. Escort, +2 mov for our jacks
All of this is coocoo crazy when you think about it. He is the ultimate second list in a tournament. If you need a list that will take on a heavies list. Maybe you want to fight against Khador and want to go AoE Heavy... he can do both.
Funny thing about him is he runs Infantry well (remember our infantry is Awesome without support + he has fortune) and runs jacks well... So balance it out... or go to either extreme (more jack heavy we have infantry casters who do it better).
I am finding it really hard to not like the guy. I fear that people are worried about him because of lack of use or trying to hit every synergy, you will never do that. Not every spell has to be used with every caster (and most likely isn't). Give him a go, I would not be surprised if he is one of the next winning Khador lists in a 2-3 list format.
Sure he is not Number 1, but he is up there with the best
*wow, I felt like a cheer leader after that*