|Original Epic 40,000 Drop Pods, open|
|Original Epic 40,000 Drop Pods, closed|
Both in-game and background-wise, Drop Pods are a common means of getting Space Marines directly into the heat of battle. In most of their in-game incarnations, Drop Pods are deployed straight onto the battlefield, disembarking their cargo straight into combat. Rules for actual Drop Pods have appeared in various Forge World publications, such as the Imperial Armour series. In official Warhammer 40,000 rules, rules for deploying via Drop Pods were simulated in the 3rd edition Space Marine codex, although the pods themselves did not appear as on-table models. With the release of Codex: Space Marines, 4th edition, Drop Pods were finally fully integrated into the Warhammer 40,000 rules set.
|Warhammer 40k Drop Pod released October 2008|
Previous versions of Drop Pods were capable of carrying only five Space Marines, and this was reflected in the rules for them. The latest version of Drop Pod in the new 5th edition Space Marine codex is capable of transporting a full squad of ten Space Marines in power armor, a thunderfire cannon, or a single Dreadnought.
|Original Epic 40,000 Drop Pod catalog entry|
Outside the Warhammer 40,000 and Epic 40,000 games, Drop Pods can also be seen in the game Dawn of War and its expansion packs. In the game, they can be seen whenever Space Marine reinforcements are deployed onto the battlefield, either landing on the landing pad of a receiving structure in friendly ground, or dropped directly into enemy territory "deep striking". They can also be seen at the conclusion of the game's opening cinematic.
The Deathwind Drop Pod is a specialized version of the standard Drop Pod that eschews its transport capacity in order to carry a significant amount of weaponry and ammunition, essentially turning into an turret upon landing. These are usually five assault cannons pointing outwards in the area where normally soldiers would disembark from. They are dropped shortly preceding normal transport-capable Drop Pods, to add fire-support for the disembarking soldiers. Deathwind Drop Pods originally appeared in Epic, first making an appearance in Warhammer 40,000 with the Imperial Armour family of source books for Warhammer 40,000. In the latest Space Marine codex, Deathwind pods are not different units from the standard Drop Pod. Instead, Drop Pods can be upgraded to have a Deathwind Missile Launcher. Deathwind Drop Pods only appear as resin kits released by Forge World.
|Comic from Ron at From The Warp|