The Reavers are a Space Wolves lost company based on a space hulk with little to no control of where they wander. This has led them to specialize in ship to ship and ship-board combat. For planet side encounters they make heavy use of drop pods in lieu of more valuable transports.
I have 3 DIY drop pods that have seen heavy use in my hybrid lists. More recently I’ve proxied two additional pods more of a pure pod based list and been happy with the results. This means I need to build two more pods. I decided to use the same templates as used for my older pods but take them a step further.
These are my current pods, still in need of a little more paint, with a few marines for scale. I don’t have any WIP shots of these. They were made from foam core and cereal boxes with orange juice covers as the retro thrusters. I started with the GW dreadnought drop pod template which I downloaded from one of the old GW websites. It produced a pod similar in size and appearance to the Forgeworld Dreadnought Drop Pod which was too large for my taste so I’ve re-scaled it to more closely match the GW drop pod kit in foot print and height.
For my next pair of pods I decided to use styrene. This allowed me to modify the design and create pods that open. As far as difficulty I found that these have been comparable to the previous ones. There is extra work required for the hinges and petals but I will not need to pre-paint the edges of anything before spray painting, and plastic adhesive cures more quickly than the PVA glue I used for the card stock ones so there’s less time holding pieces together and waiting for them to stick. Here is a finished plastic pod next to a cardboard one for comparison:
As you can see these will fit nicely together once they’re painted. The real difference is when they’re opened:
The opened pods give a much more dramatic feel when deployed than the closed ones do, although the petals can be a bit of a pain to move model around. I’ve magnet mounted the storm bolter so it can be removed to represent Weapon Destroyed. I could even build a Deathwind Launcher for it if I were so inclined. I like the more open interior compared to the GW pod. I imagine the Reavers relying on their armor and magnetic boots to keep them safe rather than seat belts and padded head rests. If I ever pick up the GW kit I’ll probably leave those out of it. Overall I’m happy with this pod. The fifth one is almost complete; it still needs the center console and weapon mount before I attach the doors:
After that it’s time to paint them!