Hi, I am new to Notrium and the board, but these are tactics I used as the human were very helpful.
During the early game it's effective to use the hermit's house as your base of operations, the starting area is pretty safe, has enough food, and the door can be closed leaving all the aliens outside. I do not recommend placing a stasis field here unless you got more than 6 force fields, as you're unlikely to return to this part of the world later unless to pick-up things you left after relocatting. After you have cleared all the surrounding areas, I recommend gradually establishing new bases, depending on the amount of force fields you can procure. My personal recomendations as to places where you should deploy an stasis field are:
- The desert, close to the missile base. Reinforce with a pair of turrets if you like, but don't overdo. The desert has pretty extreme weather, making exploration hard, but it is filled with the basic components for laser guns and turrets (light diodes), and contains the missile base which you need to clear for many of the different endings. It is much easier to gradually wear down the base if you have your own ops center nearby.
- The ship graveyard/communications area. I recommend placing the stasis field close to the teleporter. The graveyard is pretty safe, but the communications area is not. If you place the stasis field on the graveyard you shouldn't require any turrets, but you will need 2+ if you place it one the the comms area (but why would you do that, is beyond me). You'll like to clear the graveyard as it is filled with particle accelerators and demagnetizers, both of which are components for useful items.
- The Hive. You need a base here if you are to survive. Here is what I did: I placed most of my items just outside the are beforehand, then I carried 5 turrets (you can scavenge damaged turrets and then repair them) and activated them just outside the alien nest, close enough for the turrets to shoot at things inside but far enough so that the queens would not come out and blast your turrets. Help your turrets kill off the aliens and and before long you'll be surrounded by dead bodies. Then start hit and run attacks on the nest to lure out the queens and bring them into the fire range of the turrets, after both queens are dead move your turrets just above the nest, placing the ones in better shape ahead. Reinforce with more turrets in case you lost any, the ideal number should be something around 5 or 6, depending on the difficulty level. After you have taken the nest move in the rest of your stuff and place a field, and also place some fires around the structure so you get better light during the night (once you spend your first night there you'll know why). Now on to the foraging! You will have so many bodies littering the place that the food should should last for a week, and you'll get more as aliens attemp to assault your little stronghold. IIRC I got between 250-300 weight units of cooked alien meat, plus the blue alien corpses. Raise your alien and order it to stay on the nest, and it should kill anything that gets close to the turrets.
- The mining area. It is up to you wether you want to place it outside the marine base or inside, if you place it outside it should be easier to attack the base, but you'll need several turrets to reinforce against marine counter-attacks, if you take the base and place your field inside you should be pretty safe with just one or two turrets guarding the gate, and it will be a lot quicker to mount assaults on both the bunker and the battleship.