I think it is a point of view how you see mechs. Some people can not imagine a mech being built and maintained, some people are actually realising those thoughts and creating the prototypes of those mechs for the future generation. It is not the question "are Mechs logical? can they be made and sustained? or is it even possible without being too absurd?" there are still people on this world that believe that the humanity is coming from adam and eva, without even considering all the evidences brought up from archeologists and all those scientists. Some of them even say that the dinosaurs bones are put to those places by the devil in order to defy god and his plans for the humanity (to make you believe that dinosaurs acutally lived they say and that your belief in god got questioned and they shake their heads for the nonsense... poor fellas? yes sadly...)
But the topic is not about people that believe this or that... so why did I brought up all that text wall? well there are allways criticists and nonvisionars that actually cannot think out of their own boxes, and they want to keep other people in their boxes too so that they dont seem stupid or worse.
My thinking on this matter as an ex military officer is like this; Mechs can rule the battlefield, but they have their places to use and there are tactics to use them. For example; Would I use Mechs in desert? that is a real tricky question...
Conrtas are; too much open space, too much dust,too much heat and coldnes (it has abrubt heat drops in the desert that differs up to 30-40 degree celsius that means while youre havin 40-50 degree celsius in daytime, youre gettin close to 0 overnight that worns out pretty everything), Mechs are easy target due to their high profile in open desert
Pro's are; Mechs can walk on terrain where tanks woulndt be able to get further than 1 centimeters, so that gives you a certain maneuver area and therefore more tactical abilities which can make you win the battle/war etc.
Would I use Mechs in woodland terrain? HELL YES!... compared to tanks mechs are much easier to handle on those ground and they can even ambush much better than any tank could ever do.
Would I use Mechs on Mountainous terrain? HELL YES!... what youre thinkin? that is THE terrain where mechs absolutely overrule Tanks by far! if you add the possibility that you can use the mechs to actually "climb" up places (because they have some hand accutators and so on) they have the absolute terrain control than any tank could ever do. If you compare a tank and a mech which has to go trough a terrain which is full of rocks, boulders, big and small stones and etc... after a while you will surely see that the tank maybe has moved about 10 meters and was FORCED to stop due to terrain but the mech moves on. This is a serious thing no military commander would put aside so easily.
So it is actually the use of the machine and how you would use it. In my opinion there are even places where humanoid mechs would rule ahumanoid mechs, or counterwise, like I said before, it is all a matter of tactics.
That said we can come to the second part of the question you asked (or that what I took out between your words) What kind of mech should it be if you put em into your world... well you can make em armored monsters, or you can make em fast tactical and light armored units in coherent maneuvers with the rest of your army... I would like havin both... because in my opinion tanks will get support units in the far future and they will be militia accessory.
Edited by Jason McComrade, 06 December 2012 - 07:23 AM.