It's called "radar", kid. The orbital ion cannon has implemented the automatic destruction of freshly scanned biter nests with event.on_sector_scannedPacifyerGrey wrote:While artillery train is probably fun it is generally useless because we have no way of detecting biter nests automaticly to call for the train.
I'd say more, but NotABiter has it all pretty much covered
Although (not sure if I'm adding anything), it wouldn't be all that hard to use an arty train offensively even without blueprints. An early arty train campaign (early as in think SL2 prior to logistics robots, and possibly even prior to solar and nuclear power, laser turrets) might start like this:
1. Lay a length of track and put your freshly built locomotive, cargo wagon with ammunition, and artillery car on it. Maybe you'll drive it manually until train station develops, maybe you already have train stations. Let's assume the latter. The arty wagon sets up.
2. Run out ahead wth some rail, power lines, and place a few turrets to defend the rail head and arty train from survivors. Once ready, drop a radar and start designating targets on the strategic map. This will save a helluva lot of turret ammunition vs. old fashioned turret creep.
3. Once the area is secure enough and your rail head can no longer be covered by the artillery, place a train stop and call the artillery train to it. You don't have to drive it manually if you don't want to.
4. Rinse and repeat.
5. Once the cargo wagon has run out of ammunition, you'll probably want to go back to base to set up a train station and supply train that loads up with ammunition and/or propellant, fuel, turret ammunition, repair kits, fishes, grenades (for the trees), etc.. Every now and then, call the supply train, normally loading up at the loading station back home, to a train stop behind your artillery train, or the same stop, as trains do avoid colliding in such conflicts and will still stop behind the artillery train. Load up and send it back home.
6. Notice how the territory you've conquered is longer and thinner than a Bond martini lemon peel