The Battle Lab is the Soviet research center that allows you to pursue
advanced units and technologies like special weapons. It's expensive and a
serious power drain on your base, but the units made available by the Battle Lab
are often the key to success on the field
The War Factory is the production center for vehicles and
is crucial for heavy-duty machinery such as Rhinos and
Apocalypse tanks. Keep it well protected, as it's a vital
branch on your tech tree and will often be the main target
if your opponent is going to stage an ambitious, all-out
The Construction Yard is the heart of your base, the key
structure that allows you to build all other buildings from
walls to Iron Curtain. It is best to make it the literal
heart of your base as well, keeping it out of harm's way by
nestling it in the center of your base's layout and
protecting it with a variety of ground and anti-air defense.
And don't forget walls -- many a Construction Yard has been
sold at the hands of a sneaky engineer because a player
forgot to wall it in.
Ore Refineries (and War Miners) are the lifeblood of your base's
economy. Crucial to keeping your flow of credits smooth and uninterrupted is
making sure you have at least two or three War Miners per Refinery. Spread your
Refineries out and protect them well, especially from aerial assault.