360 Degrees Security
|This is me (front) and my fireteam. We found ourselves in a very narrow place in some Altis town.|
While maneuvering my teams in built up areas I use the file (compact column) formation. One of the problems with the file formation is that it doesn't automatically assign any AI bot to cover our rear. The closest alternative, staggered column, will keep a bot watching the back of the team. But the staggered formation tends to severely mess up the path finding within towns and villages.
|An insurgent appeared on our backs and nobody noticed ...|
|... Until it was too late! Nobody was watching there.|
The solution was to use the "watch there" command for the soldier on the rear of our formation. In this case I had him watching that yellow house from where the insurgent pops up. The AI team mate will look into the rear right after the fire team stops. So, short and deliberate movements are a must.
|A retry. Note the guy in the rear watching our backs. The insurgent has just ran through the intersection and noticed our fire team.|
|The insurgent, now engaged by two of my soldiers, gets hit in a hail of fire.|
To Kill a Keyholed MG, "Kill" its Dead Space FirstKeyhole positions are ones with narrow and deep sectors of fire. A keyhole position is difficult to target simultaneously by a whole group of attackers. The attacker's bounding group falls in the keyhole's field of fire and the over-watch group can't target the keyhole position. I posted about this a long while back.
|An OPFOR MG team in a keyhole position. Note the narrow field of fire in the far background. Note the building under construction in the mid-background, to the left.|
|CSAT infantry at the building under construction, which is the biggest offender in terms of dead space for the MG team.|
|CSAT infantry in defilade, covering the closest area in front of the building under construction. This is covering in overdrive (i.e. the cover team is covered by another cover team. Gah!)|
|And yet another CSAT two man team covering the approach to the building under construction (mid background). This two man team just happens to be in another construction project. I hope it doesn't get too confusing.|
|"Killing" the dead space. My MG and me engage the CSAT troops covering the dead space from the front. Prone and pinged by an occasional enemy round, but our fire superiority over the CSAT riflemen is evident.|
|With the CSAT two men team up front gone, we walk through the dead space with great caution. But now we can engage the two OPFOR covering teams under our terms and making use of as much cover as we can.|
|Engaging enemy troops in defilade is a tricky proposition (we are advancing towards the right of this picture), but it can be done with relative easy following a few techniques (more on this in a future blog entry).|
|Two more body bags needed here.|