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Where it says the drop troops doctrine can be taken for any unit does that mean I can take it for a single squad in an infantry platoon or does it have to be for the full platoon?
Then, any single unit which is able to qualify for the doctrine (and the list is given on page 55 under guard infantry) is able to deepstrike.
This can lead to some confusion, what with the whole 'rolled for collectively when rolling for reserves' thing, with regards to platoons. The thing to remember, however, is that a 'unit' when defined for doctrines, is different to a unit elsewhere.
Essentially, you can deepstrike any indiviual squads from platoons if you wish (although I suppose you would have to roll for all squads from the same platoon at the same time, with the same reserves roll).
If, for instance, you took a 4 infantry squad infantry platoon, a chimera for the JO, and the drop troops doctrine, you wouldn't be able to deepstrike the JO with the rest of the platoon. This makes it ok to deepstrike as many or as few squads as you want!
And fluff wise, well, who's to say the ones setting up at the start of the game didn't deepstrike in before the battle commenced?
Edit: Although, if anyone thinks i'm wrong, please don't hesitate to let me know why!
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The reason I ask is because I only use three doctrine points and I have an IG squad with a vet sarge/plasma pistol and a plasma gun that might be interesting to use as a DS unit.
Just a bit of tactical play, see what gives me an edge and what doesn't.
ive always wondered if it was worth it to give a veteran sergent with a squad with a plasma gun, a plasma pistol.........it costs as much as the plasma gun, but does not allow assaulting........
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I don't use them to assault, more take and hold and with 5th a run move towards the end of the game (although I haven't played 5th yet so I don't know if this will be effective).