Our games of sci-fi combat, whether it’s in 28mm, 15mm or 6mm scale, involve armies spanning the space between planets before dropping to the surface to face off against the opposition. But how do they get from a giant troop carrier in orbit to the ground ? Today we have a couple of solutions in the shape of the Athena Dropship and Heracles Assault Shuttle.

The Athena is a mid-sized troop carrier, capable of carrying 16 troops in relative comfort or more if they don’t mind being squashed in a bit. It can also accommodate a light tank or armoured car instead if necessary. The model has five pieces – resin hull, with metal wings, engines and tail.

The Heracles is considerably larger with the capacity to haul two main battle tanks or four smaller vehicles, or as much as a full infantry company for short journey. Unlike the Athena, the Heracles has some defensive armament in the shape of two turrets – one dorsal and one chin – mounting either a pair of gatlings or railguns. The model is a one-piece resin hull with the two metal turrets.

At 1/300th scale, the models could also be used in games of Squadron Commander, being escorted by flights of Kestrels or Valkyries. Or you could play the same scenarios with our fleet scale models since both models are already available in that range.

SF300-111 – Athena class Dropship – £6.00
SF300-112 – Heracles class Assault Shuttle – £10.00