-Immediately establish a base. While it is a good idea to capture strategic points closest to your base from the start, do not embark too far before you establish a solid base.
-Build the Stronghold first, then recruit more Servitors to speed the construction process. Afterwards, increase your squad cap (the population).
-Before doing construction on major buildings, make at least five Plasma Generators for power. Build the Chapel Barracks and Armory before upgrading the stronghold's level. With basic defenses established, go forth and seize nearby strategic points. At all strategic points you capture, build a Listening Post then a few Turrets. By doing this you can protect your strategic points from enemy probes.