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If I give a squad of marines drop pods and keep them in reserve then I can at any time in the game deploy them right? Does this require a scatter roll or something? How exactly does it work?
Hey, It's been said many times on here so here it goes again. You have to read the rules in the Codex and the Rule Book. I'm gonna go ahead and tell you that reserves show up based on a dice role starting on the second turn. And Drop Pods do scatter. We can't quote rules on here so to get the full rules you have to read the books.
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Without quoting the rules, reserves might arrive starting on the second turn of a game. It's a random roll and the odds of arriving increase as the game progresses. You may not choose to have them arrive whenever you want. Each unit checks separately, so it is unlikely that all your reserve units will arrive at the same time. The reserves rule is in the main rulebook, page 84, so you don't have to buy a codex you might not use to read them.
Once the check for arrival is successful, they land approximately at the spot you chose, but might scatter, again a random roll. Similar to deep strike, also explained in the main rulebook.
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Without quoting rules I can also tell you that drop pods are a much safer way of deep striking than conventional means, although not totally risk free. They also have rules much like Daemonic or Dethwing Assault that lets you bring on part of your force from the get go so you would have something to play with in the early game.
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Try looking in the Drop Pod Assault topic of the week thread. There's enough conversation in there that you can infer the rules even if they aren't spelled out. May be a tad confusing without the exact rules but you'll get an idea of what people do and the basic rules for drop pods.