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Quick question: If I deploy a drop pod with a Locator Beacon equipped do I have to declare this to my opponent before any of my reserve units use it to arrive via deep strike?
Obviously I'd rather not make this known once the drop pod has landed. It would be seen as more of threat and more likely to be targeted by enemy units.
If one of your drop pods is equipped with a locator beacon, it should be modeled so it's apparent to your opponent just by looking at it.
Yeah, WYSIWYG... Just make it obvious so they can't complain, but subtle enough so you can get those troops in where you need them
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It's also good sportsmanship to let him know. And a beacon won't make the Pod that much more of a threat (unless you're using Vanguard Marines). When I face Pods, I mostly just expect to be in close combat or something when the next wave arrives.
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Thanks for your comments. I've already painted my Dreadnought drop pod so wouldn't want to add any extra modelling. Will just tell my opponent when it lands on the board. I think you're right Intrepid, I suppose it's good sportsmanship to point this out.
From a fluff point of view you could always say the enemy can detect the presence of the locator beacon with their own sensor equipment or something along those lines!