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Having just purchased a couple pods, i asked myself: Where is the 2" deployment zone around the pod. My first instinct was near the five hinges of the hatches and the ramps. But is anbody playing it as within 2" of the starfish-like ramps? It could potentially be game changing when it comes to rapid-fire and melta distances.
My gut is to play from the hatch itself, but an interesting precedent is how many people deploy from the front hatch of a land raider (2" from where the OPEN hatch hits the ground).
Thoughts welcome, though it may just be another issue for the faq.
would make most sense for it to be 2 inches from the actual door. Most transports (Rhinos and Chimeras) don't open.
Do doors that catapult Marines onto the board benefit their opponents as well? No?
So, to rephrase the question, "How do we measure the distance between two models?"
Ordinarily, we reference the closest points of their bases.
For models supplied without a base, we use their hulls.
So, when measuring 2in debarkations, we measure from hull to base.
The claim that movable doors are "part of the hull" is wishful thinking.
As with all transport, the deployment zone extends directly from the hatch itself, the petals are somewhat superfluous, they are merely there for looks.
The hull of the drop pod, is the door.For models supplied without a base, we use their hulls.
Further more, if I was the opponent, and I measured range and i could only hit the door, I would defiantly start rolling the to hit dice.
So - while I never would model my drop pods with the doors down, I would think that if you did, you'd get the bonus, and the consequences - like slightly increased risk of droping off of the board edge, less ability to fit into tight spaces, ect. The pod would also no longer block LOS, a huge loss to any skilled drop pod player.
Finally, the doors being down will have very little game effect all told. The ability to spread one's marines slightly farther apparent isn't really needed in a drop pod army. There's more than enough room around the pod.
Forged, does anybody give you grief for not having the doors open? I'd like to model them so they can open or close, but now plan to leave them closed.
And yes, with the petals open, there's a lot more model that can be visible or fired upon.
The doors are not part of the hull, unless your SMs have magnetic boots and are standing at the edge of the door as it drops and then jumps a couple of feet when the door hits dirt.
It is 2" from the hull, basically as if the doors were closed, that is the hull profile otherwose you could get something like a Battlewagon with a 24" surfboard for Orks to jump off of. Even if you drop the doors it is still 2" from the hull of the model.
So unless you would allow the surfboard then just use the standard 2" from the base hull.
I was a wondering since I paid over $100 per high quality Forgeworld pod if that Locator Beacon is a WYSIWYG item? Is there a piece in the new pod boxes that represents the Locator Beacon? Thank you
Nope, still not done painting yet
No GW, not another price increase!
Nope, not that I am aware of. Be proud of your ForgeWorld Drop Pod and show the heretic who owns the Galaxy!
All of my drop pods where built long before they had a model. (Perhaps somewhat obviously) At the time, it made the most sense to model the doors closed, because doing your own models is hard. I put the storm bolter on the top, instead of inside. No one ever questioned it.Forged, does anybody give you grief for not having the doors open? I'd like to model them so they can open or close, but now plan to leave them closed.
Makes much more sense to me, to model the doors up. You can't place your marines on the doors, as they would technically be impassible terrain.
It makes lots of problems if you consider the doors an imagined element of the game. What happens if someone charges your drop pod, and can only reach the doors? Obviously they would think they could assault that hunk of metal. Your going to stand there, and say, no the door is not actually part of the hull - no assault for you.
From my memory of the rule book, models disembark from whiten 2 inches of the hull, not the 'access points' because opened topped vehicles don't have access points, as they are open topped.
I don't really see much tactical advantage either way.