I ended up with a sprawling base with 35 or so people in my faction. It feels a little overwhelming managing all that. My main fighters are still crappy though since I spent so much time getting the base up and running. I’m either making poor armor/weapon choices or there’s something fundamental I’m missing - after almost every fight it takes a day or so for everyone to recover from wounds, and this just against bandits.
I started playing an older save, one before I expanded my squad and build my base but I’m running into the same problem - every fight results in a lot of downtime. I’m also getting dorked by the the RNG as my armor smith all of sudden is making only green items; previously I had a fair amount of specialty (yellow) and even a few masterwork items.
I’m thinking of moving my whole crew from Squin to Mongrel and getting experience against the Fogmen there. In the border zone I end up fighting hungry bandits a lot but I’m not really gaining any experience from them.The plateaus above the fog also look like great places for a base too once I"m ready. This time though I think I’ll try to make it smaller.