Allow me to elaborate...
"Is the deployment system going to be an ATIV or a shuttle style craft?".
The current design I am working on is a straight up A.T.I.V. I'm also working on some design ideas for a more shuttlecraft style VTOL craft, but that is going to be a separate model entirely. Basically I'm starting with the less complex of the two so as not to get bogged down in projects. Rest assured though if armorcast is willing to produce it I'm willing to model it.
I read a sci-fi novel where a shuttle style craft flew over the battlefield and deployed drop troops in individual pods.
Now that there is a neat idea, indiviual self contained pods. Sort of reminds me of something more like a D-day style parachute drop. hhmmm...
They could also be incorporated into a later VTOL design by making an ATIV rack that could go into the cargo area of the VTOL.
You sir are a mind reader
that is basically what I was thinking about for in the design of the VTOL. Something akin to the landers in "space above and beyond" or "starship troopers" but not quite so cargo continer like.
For now though what would everyone think of a A.T.I.V. either squad sized or indiviual trooper sized, done in a true atmospheric drop style? Think something along the lines of the escape pod in the beginning of Star Wars. How does that strike everyones fancy?