I'm currently level 7, been there for a while and the lessons of 7 are still fresh so my advice should, I hope, be relevant. I've maxed out 7 now so I'm upgrading to 8 where I assume I'll have to learn a whole new set of lessons
toname wrote:do all your objectives and heroic defenses every day to accumulate equipment fragments.
(I changed that from the past to the present tense).
Yes, do that. Crates, crates, crates. Bronzium crates: that's what you want. Concentrate on heroic defence and bronzium objectives. If you have time to visit more than one planet in a day, do that so you can get a number of bronzium crates per day. Fairly soon you will have some skins.
It's widely accepted that the best kind of base for heroic defence is the "north corner" base. You should be able to search for that and get lots of advice but it all hinges on the fact that the computer never drops troops in the north corner. So if you tuck your base right up against the north corner then you won't need to defend to the north so much and can concentrate your defences to the south. Switching to a layout like that immediately paid dividends for me in terms of heroic defence. Note that if you only get one or two stars then you will get crates with data fragments that upgrade your defences, which helps for the future. If you get three stars then you will get two fragments towards a skin or a guard reserve.
Where you are now...I'd say a gamorrean or two to lead the charge and draw turret fire, mhcs behind them to take down the turrets, maybe a sniper or two to deal with guard reserve troops, stormies to clean up the rest.
Pretty much this. I actually use three gamorreans. I have shock troopers unlocked so I tend to drop one first to de-trap the drop site for the gamorreans. Once the turrets are all shooting at the gamorreans drop the mhcs and (usually) elite AT AT. I like to have a couple of repair droids to keep the mech going for a bit longer. Others prefer to bring more troops.
On snipers vs. guard reserve or squad centre troops: I usually make sure I have enough stormtroopers to drop down in front of whatever comes out first. Then I drop the snipers while the reserve is shooting at the stormtroopers. I used to take bikes, which are extremely good at taking out enemy troops but they then have a tendency to zoom into the teeth of enemy turrets and get blasted to pieces. Snipers stay back and help to shoot buildings - unless there are more troops to shoot.