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Enemy always get to fire first.

Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:50 am
by JeanBoule
I make this statement hoping anyone else will be able to refute it.

I was reminded of the problem when Knut asked

"So ever have the perfect ambush set up with enemy troops advancing directly across an open field towards your line?"

I had a defense map where there was a canal crossing the map ("lowlands" always seems to have this). I set up a section on a hill south of the canal, hoping they would be able to get a good few kills as the enemy infantry were slowed down in crossing.

It didn't work at all. I never saw the enemy crossing. They came close to my section, flooded them with fire, pinned them so they hardly fired back at all, and quickly overwhelmed them.

My attackers never seem to quickly overwhelm anyone, but that is another story. While considering this situation, I realized, that I never see the enemy approaching in the open, so that my troops get to fire first, with the advantages that gives.

I am talking infantry here. If the enemy are attacking with AFVs, I will often see them first.

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 7:26 am
by Andy Brown
Quick response as I'm pushed for time.

Did you check LoS to your desired kill zone? I've often been caught out by the shape of the top of a hill. I've deployed my troops thinking they can see everything when the shape of the hilltop prevents them from seeing targets at close and medium ranges.



Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:40 pm
by the space predator
Personally, I have been able to do very good ambush. Many time, especially in lowland and in jungle, my men where the first to shoot. In most of the game that I have play, defender was the first to shoot.

Posted: Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:14 pm
by Andy Brown
Agreed. I've managed some pretty good ambushes in my time as well.

Mind you, I've also mucked up a few. One trap is that I think a unit will only open fire if a certain percentage of its soldiers can engage the target. Several times I've seen enemy squads moving across the front of one of my units without being engaged. When I check LoS, it turns out that only one or two soldiers from my unit can actually see the enemy.