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For Imperial Knights, the Drop-Keep is an essential orbit-to-ground landing vessel.[1]


Somewhat resembling the larger coffin-landers of Titan walkers, the primary difference is that the Drop-Keep can deploy directly into battle, creating an instant fortification. Drop-Keeps are heavily armoured and lined with servitor-crewed gun emplacements but their most deadly weapon is their cargo of war-machines.[1]

The drop-keep can carry up to twelve Imperial Knights directly to war. They will come down on blazing retro-rockets and even as they touch down will be opening their portcullis and drawbridge to allow the towering Knight Engines to sally forth.[1]

Many Houses have also added auto-unfurling banners and vox-hailers, ensuring that when their scions charge into battle they do so with their proud colours flying and triumphal music playing, as befits their noble station. Drop-Keeps may also house flights of Cherubim known as Heavenly Hosts for reconnaissance purposes.[1]

See also


Adeptus Mechanius Fleet
Battleships Ark MechanicusEmperorRetributionOberon
Cruisers Adeptus Mechanicus CruiserLunarTyrantGothicDictatorWar Barge
Light Cruisers Adeptus Mechanicus Light CruiserEndeavorEnduranceDefiantSecutorLathe
Escorts FirestormNovaGladiusSwordFalchionCobraHunter
Attack Craft Fury InterceptorStarhawk BomberShark Assault Boat
Transports/Landing Craft Macro TransportHeavy TransportLifter BargeConquesitus ArkCoffin ShipTitan BarqueKnight TransportInvasion LanderDrop-VaultDrop-keep
Support Craft Explorator VesselEradication ArkExplorator ArkGoliath Class Factory ShipMegiron Class Forge VesselGoliath Class Forge TenderCapacitar ShipSalvator ArkScavenger Scow
Planetary Aircraft Avenger Strike FighterLightning FighterThunderbolt FighterStorm Eagle GunshipVulture GunshipArchaeopterLysander Targeting Craft