The usual startup routine of building a Reactor, Barracks and Supply Center needs to be shaken up and changed up a bit to survive the first few minutes of this mission, but after that, this mission is somewhat forgiving as long as you are going in the right direction.
The special abilities of the Air Force General play perfectly for this scenario – island hopping and having plenty of fire power from the air to get past the anti-air defenses.
Three Particle Cannons will eventually be fired up and aimed in your direction, but the King Raptors and Auroras, along with your General’s powers, can crush them in due course.
Start by building a Reactor and a second bulldozer. Start building three Patriots before you build anything else. An A10 Missile Strike attacks right around the time the third Patriot is built. Sometimes they will target your Patriots and sometimes they will just damage your Command Center. If they target your Patriot, hopefully you can pull away a bulldozer from the strike zone in time so that you don’t lose that also.
If a Barracks is built before the Patriots, this event will trigger an attack by the enemy helicopters, and without proper air defense previously set up, the mission starts off on a very bad note.
After this attack, build a Barracks, research the Capture command, build a Ranger and set a Rally Point by the oil derricks to the west. Build a Supply Center and purchase a second supply helicopter as soon as funds are available.
Capture the two oil derricks to the west.
Air strikes will take their toll and you will suffer losses. Just keep replacing lost units and proceed forward. Keep $2000 in reserve so you can quickly replace your Supply Center when it is destroyed.
Build a War Factory and an Airfield to the west. It is probably best not to start building aircraft until the Strategy Center is built so you can deploy the Aurora bombers – much more effective on bombing raids than Raptors.
If you build a Raptor or two, put it on Guard mode to protect your base.
Build a second Airfield and Strategy Center.
Build a fourth Patriot to help defend your Airfields.
Build two Auroras on one Airfield and two on the other. This way, if one of the Airfields is destroyed, you will not lose all of your bombers. If you can only afford three bombers, that will work too.
Build a Supply Drop Zone.
Again, you will suffer loss of structures along the way that will have to be rebuilt. The A10 Missile Strikes are quite troublesome, but just stay calm and rebuild them in an orderly manner. You will be just fine.
Now it is time to start targeting the area around the southeastern Particle Cannon. Destroy one of the Patriots with Carpet Bombs. Destroy the other Patriot with two of your Auroras. There are now three Avengers in the area that need to be destroyed. Number your Auroras 1, 2 and 3 and attack each Avenger with a separate Aurora.
The area is now clear, besides the Fire Base, and the Missile Defenders inside of it will not cause you any major problems. Start attacking the Particle Cannon with whatever planes you have at your disposal, including any Raptors you may have, until it is destroyed. Destroy the Fire Base either now or later. Just don’t forget about it entirely!
Now it is time to target the last two Particle Cannons.
Rebuild your fleet of Auroras up to four, if you have lost any along the way.
Start destroying the Patriots and Avengers stationed on the small micro islands between you and the main base located to the northeast. Pay attention to attacks on the path to and from your main bombing run target. This indicates a high priority target you need to destroy next.
By now you should be at Level 3 and you can obtain the A10 Missile Strike and Spectre Gunship powers. Use these to aid in the destruction of anti-air defenses heading toward the northeast base.
Build a Humvee and Sentry Drone to station in the back of your base in preparation for a sneak attack that will come later in the mission.
Start building two Particle Cannons. This will greatly speed up the completion of this mission.
It is actually possible to destroy the second Particle Cannon by a combination of A10 Missile Strike (third level), Cluster Bombs and Spectre Gunship.
This means by the time your Particle Cannons are charged up, you can destroy the third enemy PC with a double blast from your PCs — and all of a sudden things are not looking so gloomy.
The Command Center is definitely the next structure you want to attack after the PC’s are gone. This will halt the extremely destructive attacks by the A10 Missile Strikes.
Soon after destroying this third PC, your General’s Powers will be charged back up and you can now destroy the Command Center, again, with your A10 Missile Strike, Cluster Bombs and Spectre Gunship.
This will kick you to Level 5, if you haven’t gotten there already, and you can add further General’s Powers to your arsenal.
Although there are two bulldozers on the enemy base, they will not rebuild the Particle Cannons or the Command Center. They will, however, rebuild the War Factory and Airfield. Target these bulldozers to put them out of commission, then destroy the War Factory and Airfield.
On the northwest island, there is only one structure that needs to be destroyed to accomplish the mission, but it is important to take out some of the defensive structures in this area – including the Avengers on the east side of the island – to protect your Auroras returning from bombing flights.
A tip when dealing with large numbers of aircraft: say you have two airfields full of Auroras, select two from one airfield, and two from the other airfield, then assign them a number. This will mean when you use them to attack all 4 will hit the target at the same time — also less damage to the aircraft will be inflicted.
Continue to build additional Particle Cannons to speed up the destruction of the base.
It is an interesting task to take on the large mass of Avengers stationed in front of the War Factory. Leaflet Drops will not deactivate these Avengers, because the plane will be destroyed before it gets there. With A10 Missile Strikes, the individual missiles will be destroyed on the way down. The Fuel Air Bomb may also not deploy. Carpet Bombing should work – and so will a raking strike by one of your Particle Cannons.
Methodically disassemble the base as you see fit. Have four groups of two Auroras each to destroy Patriot sites. If you keep your Particle Cannons and General’s Powers busy, the base will be destroyed in no time.
It is not necessary to destroy all Patriots and Artillery Platforms.
"C&C: The First Decade" Hard Strategy
When playing from "C&C: The First Decade" on Hard, the Comanches attack even if you don't build a Barracks, this first attack is extremely brutal for the airforce general as his tools are exactly wrong for defeating it and it can even feel impossible. Fortunately, with the right build and by exploiting her AI you can minimize losses.
- With the first dozer build a power plant and with the second dozer build a barracks out in front and to the left of the command center, then have both dozers build Patriots somewhat behind the command center (such as against the supply dock) and not too close to each other.
- Train two missile defenders from the barracks and put them behind the command center but not too close to the patriots.
- An A10 Strike will destroy one of the patriots possibly while it is still under construction - try to predict this and move the dozer away and cancel the patriot to get a refund.
- In the best outcome the choppers will kill the barracks while the A10 strike whiffs on a cancelled patriot and evasive dozer, the choppers then switch focus to the Command Center which will be heavily damaged, but the surviving patriot and two missile defenders should take them down and a dozer can repair the command center. Thus you lose nothing more than a barracks to the 3 Comanches and A10 strike and only needed to build 2 dozers.
Once you get the ideal outcome - involving the loss of only a barracks, save the game.
Now capture the oil derricks and build a row of patriots across your base keeping them separated enough that AoE weapons won't destroy two of them at once - take care to prioritize defending the oil derricks as she will attack them if there isn't a patriot to draw her fire away.
Dirty Ticks 1
Your men aren't going to like this next part, but it's the cheapest way to beat this mission. Take rangers and scatter them along the beach. The AI likes to attack the closest unit with her bombers so these hapless rangers will attract 100% of the fuel air bombs. Much better to lose just a single $225 ranger than a dozer and whatever it was building. Scatter the bomb bait out widely enough that only one dies per bomb. The patriots should take down any Comanches which come, but if they machine gun down infantry it's not a big deal (btw it is also possible to use MDs as bomb bait but I get the impression the Comanches are more aggressive at killing them). Keep replacing these brave soldiers and your finances will be much better than otherwise.
Dirty tricks 2
Your men also aren't going to like this next part because it's another suicide mission although it doesn't involve quite as much sacrifice. Send a ranger to capture the artillery platform to the east, then send him down to behind the particle cannon. There is around a 50/50 chance he'll be able to just walk past all the stuff shooting at him, once he gets close to the PC the SW General will cackle manically and sell it (?!!). On the offchance she doesn't sell it and your ranger gets safely behind the PC, capture it. As noted there's only around a 50% chance the ranger will make it, so you can improve the odds by sending in more rangers, separated widely enough that the splash damage doesn't get the next one. The sacrifice of 3 rangers will almost invariably eliminate this particle cannon - if you're lucky you can even destroy it before it fires once although you might be better off just eating the first PC hit, so the ranger can be used to capture derricks or attract bombs - probably better to lose a powerplant to a PC strike, than a dozer to a FAB.
Beating the Level
Having established the screen of bomb-bait and eliminated the first PC your cash will build up pretty quickly since you no longer need to replace nearly as many dozers and buildings. From here if you're feeling cheap just make particle cannons of your own and erase her from the map, otherwise use air power.
Tested on hard mode: Start by building a reactor far right of your Command Center, just before the sandy area Build a barracks above (north-east) of your Command center, in the sandy area Do not build anything to the left of your CC. That is what will attract the Helis, not the Barracks. Those 2 will be your particle cannon bait.
Build a supply center south of the supply stash. Hold off on building a second Chinook
At 3:30 on the particle cannon, A10s will attack. Keep your mouse on the supply center sell button, and sell immediately if you see gun fire.
Start building patriots north of your base, Aurora and Helis are coming Build northeast to southwest, dont bother finishing the 1st 2 patriots, they are aurora baits. Build the third and maybe fourth and pray you are fast enough.
Build firebases at the bottom right corner of your map.
That should be a good start.
Destroy the supply center on the north west corner, preferably using stealth carpet bombing. Her only other source of income is a single supply drop, but thats not the important part. Without the supply center, she cant rebuild her airfield.