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I'm sure this has come up before, but my search-fu is weak.
My gaming group got into a little debate today when one of the Space Marine players tried assaulting with a Tactical squad the turn they came on the board via Drop Pod.
Arguments against: The squad just deep-struck in, assaulting is a no-no.
Arguments for: The drop-pod is the deep-striking unit (as opposed to the squad), is open-topped and moving at cruising speed. Therefore, assaulting is totally legit.
What's the general consensus on this?
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Quite simple: you can't assault after deepstriking.
The drop pod being counting as open topped after the hatches are blown has nothing to do do with it and the argument that only the pod is deepstriking and not the unit within is not valid either. Nice try though...
All marine players would love to assault from their drop pods instead of enduring a round of gunfire but that's not how it works. Just tell that guy his marines were issued power armor for a reason....
It's very explicitly stated in the SM codex that you cannot assault from a drop pod on the turn it arrives (SM codex, Drop Pod Assaults, p.69).
More and More I think Dreads are definatly the way to go with turn 1 Drop Pods...
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a Dread in a drop pod really is something for your opponent to fear, especially when they land near a vehicle squadron. unfortunately, marines on foot count as having moved and cannot assault, they still can put a hurting on the enemy, but their actions are limited after blowing the hatches on their pod.