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Valderian09 Aug 2019 2:44 a.m. PST

How do you bring troops from mothership to the surface of a planet in a planetary assault?
I use dropships, but I only know some of the miniatures out there (Corvo Dropship-Alternative Armies, Tactical Interface Transport-GZG, L13 Assault Dropship-Strato Minis, dropships from BattleTech, Novan Dropships-Vanguard Miniatures).
Other choices, maybe suitable for 6mm, but from other measures/scales?
Do you actually use them in a game?

Here is my Corvo Dropship unloading some ground vehicles.


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 4:02 a.m. PST

Dropships but in our case they are more conceptional than real – we don't use them in the game

dmebust Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 4:48 a.m. PST

Yes we do use Landers and Drop Ships in games!

Legion 409 Aug 2019 5:51 a.m. PST

thumbs up Some of my Drop Fleet …


Valderian09 Aug 2019 6:20 a.m. PST

Wow! @dmebust, @Legion 4 I like all your dropships! From which company you've got yours?

TheWhiteDog09 Aug 2019 6:26 a.m. PST

For my 3mm 40k IG, I've got;

Valkyries and Vultures for the initial assault.

Mid-size Landers for the light armor.

Large Landers that can carry a full company of armor.

1 large transport that can carry a full battalion.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 6:36 a.m. PST

Kick ‘em out the airlock. They'll drop on their own.

Valderian09 Aug 2019 8:22 a.m. PST

@TheWhiteDog 3mm? What company produces them?
@Parzival could be an option grin, but we do have specialized drop/jump troops for this; what about tracked/wheeled vehicles?

TheWhiteDog09 Aug 2019 10:19 a.m. PST

Vanguard and Pico Armor (08) for most of my armor. A few items from various Shapeways shops, and quite a few I printed myself.

The big lander is built from a 40k Valkyrie kit

dmebust Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 11:40 a.m. PST

Ours are from GZG

TNE230009 Aug 2019 11:58 a.m. PST

matchbox thunderbird 2s

Valderian09 Aug 2019 12:14 p.m. PST

@dmebust – I think the miniature is tactical interface transport, glad to see an image of it

@TheWhiteDog – I also want to try sci-fi in 3mm, I've only tried for WW2 from Pico, and it looks surprinsgly good; Vanguard has some good packs; also 2mm Germy from GZG could be useful – Large Mecha Units work well for 6mm; the effect of (many) units combined with dropship should be impressive in 3mm; post some images!

@TNE2300 – I've searched for it, seen some images and with little changes should be an excellent dropship; a very good idea!

Thank you all!

Legion 409 Aug 2019 1:33 p.m. PST

Got mine from various sources – Dreamscape, Bandai, AMT and 2 limited release GW Epic/SpaceFleet …

FoxtrotPapaRomeo09 Aug 2019 2:13 p.m. PST

3x Terminator Skynet Hunter-Killers
lots of cheap plastic deformed aircraft
papercraft dropships and droppods (vehicle and individual)

Frostie09 Aug 2019 11:00 p.m. PST

I have about 5 Thunderbird 2s

But the 'holly grail'(mat be) would be the plastic mechwarrior lander, a limited edition model…it is awesome!

Valderian10 Aug 2019 12:39 a.m. PST

@Legion 4 – do you know the names of the miniatures? maybe they are still available and can be bought; your photo is great, and makes me realize that combining minis from different producers delivers a "real" sci-fi environment

@FoxtrotPapaRomeo – the Terminator is very good and lots of cheap plastic sounds the same – customize with a thing or two (MGs, guns), prime, paint and people will ask how much money you've spent on it grin and some of these minis can look pretty good; now, I just have to find them

@Frostie – yes, I have to try the Thunderbird; do you have a picture/link of this mechwarrior lander?

Legion 410 Aug 2019 9:20 a.m. PST

Dreamscape – Big Rig, Buffalo and Trident link

AMT Millenium Falcon from one of their SW play sets/models …

Bandia Gundum Zazibar 1/2400

The metal one in front and another in the rear behind the Big Ship are GW Epic limited release so it may be hard to find …

Valderian10 Aug 2019 12:13 p.m. PST

Thank you, Legion 4, for all the links and info!
I like very much the Deamonscape transporters Big Red (quite expensive) & Buffalo. Zanzibar is also cheap and good.

Sargonarhes10 Aug 2019 12:57 p.m. PST

Well if landing mechs first, Battletech talks of mechs being able to drop in just like Mobile Infantry from orbit. Troops and light vehicles can air drop in by very low orbit or even atmospheric pass through.

But the heavies have to be landed directly from dropships on captured ground. Unless you have heavies with grav drives, then they can be air dropped as well.

For retrieval, you're going to need a ship.
And I have been so tempted for this.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2019 1:15 p.m. PST

@ Valderian

Maxim 11: Everything is air-droppable at least once. evil grin


Legion 410 Aug 2019 2:45 p.m. PST

Glad to help Valderian !

Everything is air-droppable at least once.
One of first things they tell you at parachute school ! evil grin

Valderian11 Aug 2019 1:42 a.m. PST

@ Sargonarhes – Thanks for your thoughts! I didn't know that 'Mechs are able to do that (I knew about the 'Mech effect of Death from Above in combat… but not that above, from orbit grin); Minerva ship looks very real, hard sci fi, reminds me of Traveller

@ Parzival – Thanks! Great reference and I enjoyed reading a little from their site, good to know about Schlock!

Norrins12 Aug 2019 12:30 a.m. PST

Not wishing to hijack this thread, but that Big Rig measures 20cm x 10 cm x 7 cm. Given it's chunky dimensions, could someone take a picture of it next to a 28mm figure? Just want to see if it would make a good alternative shuttle pod.

Legion 412 Aug 2019 5:49 a.m. PST

Best I can do …


IMO yes, it could work for 15-28mm for a shuttle pod or light lander, etc.

Norrins12 Aug 2019 6:29 a.m. PST

Thanks Legion 4!

Much appreciated.

Legion 412 Aug 2019 7:10 a.m. PST

thumbs up Glad to help !

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