Posted 29 December 2011 - 04:24 AM
Taking a battle armor would be tantamount to suicide, because you don't have the effectively unlimited output of a nuclear reactor. You can't expect to clear out the immediate area or whole state with the limited power supply.
For utility, take a mech with two hands. For durability, take an Inner Sphere mech with many basic technologies only, and hope those are rugged enough to keep going without a proper maintenance facility. For firepower, its zombies, anything would do, but lasers would prevent ammunition problems. And lastly, a lighter weight mech would probably last longer without taking care of it due to less stress on the frame, but a heavier mech might allow you to carry a larger amount of supplies.
Therefore, examples of good stock battlemechs would be:
Brigand - LDT-1 (pirate manufacturing is best manufacturing!)
Crab - CRB-27, CRB-20 (you could cook eggs on the top of the chassis, but a focus on a few big guns is a concern.)
Dart - DRT-3S (perfect weapons for the job, but no jump jets.)
Fire Javelin - JVN-10F, JVN-11A (without the balance problems from the SRM ammunition, this could actually be neat. Stuff food in the empty ammo bays.)
Marshal - MHL-X1 (even though it has ammunition based weapons, most of them are energy.)
Mercury - MCY-99, MCY-98 (you could use that flat torso as extra seats for survivors.)
Mjolnir - MLR-B2 (a hammer, hands and super strong muscles could be very useful for building shelter.)
Phoenix Hawk - PXH-1, various (several good configurations, yet cheap.)
Rook - NH-1A, NH-1B (again, a cheap but effective all-energy mech)
Stinger - STG-3G (a bit light on the weapons, however.)
Spider - SDR-5V, SDR-5D (lack of ejection seat is only a minor issue against zombies)
Hunchback - HBK-4P (the Swayback is slow but it'll last you through the whole infestation.)
Valiant - V4-LNT-K7 (reasonably low tech for a Solaris design, you might not ever use the MASC.)
Wasp - WSP-1D (just don't burn down the town with the flamer.)
Watchman - WTC-4M (you should know the drill by now.)
Wolverine - WVR-6K
Yeah, I took a lot of free time to compile a list.