Please note that as I said earlier I can beat the enemy by getting to critical mass quickly, but I would like to be able to eliminate the enemies forces and destroy its base before I reach critical mass.
The thing is I have tried different ways of defeating the enemy in normal mode and nothing helps. I had originally set the build cue to auto but I for some reason am unable to gain metal quick enough to keep my production going. I am able to gain half the real estate on the map pretty quickly but I also need to defend those points. Trying to develop the defenses and build a good offensive force destroys any metal production I have. If I skimp in any area the enemy attacks that area and reduces my metal production. I can actually get a little further by not repeating the build cue but I then need to micro manage everything.
Has anyone here defeated the normal level enemy by destroying the bases and not by reaching critical mass?
If so, and you don't mind sharing, what is your strategy?