Quote from: Sion on April 25, 2014, 10:09:16 AMQuote from: Xanting on April 25, 2014, 06:45:07 AMHow do you defend that?
It has been a while sense my last post of my colony and as you can see it grew bigger. You can see my aversion of building over soil.
Could you post some pictures of a battle?
As most colonies I see are walled off bunkers I wanted to do something that did not involve being dug in deeply underground. I have been defending my colonies in this fashion for a while and although I have taken some casualties it was mostly due to me not paying attention rather then any inherent fault in the defense.
Building properly is key to this type of defense. as you can see here I positioned my colonists in the doorways of their houses which provides with excellent high cover while providing fire from the flanks of any raider that runs down this path. The bottom group is to provide primary fire usually being the first ones to shoot.
This group of colonists I positioned in various places so as to deny the enemy any cover advantage from my buildings while keeping mine in the high cover doorways in the same way of the last picture. I made a effort to have guns spread throughout all paths of advance so they will be under constant fire.
Here you can see that the raiders divided into two mobs and are attacking along the north and south and being further divided engaging my colonists. if you look at the bottom right you can see that even a lone colonist defending a flank is very effective at stopping their advance.
Now as I was positioning and repositioning defenders one of them got incapacitated. this is what happens if you do not pay enough attention to the health of your colonists. luckily he got incapacitated inside his high cover and should be safe from stray fire until he can be recovered. If your colonist takes too much fire they can fall back inside the safety of their house until you can bring a group to wipe out the raiders banging on the doors.
On the north it is about the same story except only few split off from the main group to bang on some walls. The group on the bottom is the first to fire.
As the raiders funnel in they attempt to take cover only to walk into the line of fire of the second group of colonists in the doorways. Any place they attempt to take cover they will be exposed to fire. This is what is usually called a killing zone. Most of the raiders die in this intersection.
Occasionally there are raiders that manage to take a roundabout way to flank your defenders. It is useful to have a mobile group of colonists so that you can react to them. The downside to this is that you would not have all colonists on your defensive positions but it does allow you more flexibility when you need it.
When the raiders rout all that is left is to mop up any stragglers. If you have a body problem then it may be wise to let them go otherwise feel free to move groups around to take care of them.
After all that is done the only thing left to do now is to undraft all your colonists to clean up the bodies, rescue any incapacitated colonists or raiders and repair dents in the walls.