it occurred to me the other day...
we see Mech's in all sorts of sci-fi battlefields, be it in movies or games... they always look really cool and deal unstoppable dammage to whatever dares opose them...
but how good a war-machine is an AT-ST like contraption? in a real (or realistic sci-fi) war context - would a "walking tank/apc" really be a good idea?
futuristic scenarios depict such walking robots as all-terrain fearless metal beasts that feature ideally unmatched habilities to deal with unwelcoming environments....
but let's look at it from a combat-engineering point-of-view...
- infantry-like terrain negotiation habilities
- faster than walking
- tank-like weapons capacity and armor
- awe-strinking presence pounds horror upon the most dauntless of foes
- can easily move over dragon's teeth, hedgehogs and other barriers, where tanks and cars would be stuck
- can "duck" and "pop" in and out of the line of fire
- incredibly complex piece of machinery with thousands of moving parts
- would probably require advanced onboard computers to handle
- needs one hell of a power supply
- not very stable a platform for firing heavy-recoil guns
- could easily "sink" a leg in muddy terrain or soft sand/snow
- stands out tall above ground, a very easy, slow-moving target for AT soldiers
- slow as a pig....
- as stealth as a marching band
so, say one would set off creating a futuristic-combat addon pack for ArmA2 or something, how would you advise on the presence of mechs and the like
justifiable? or just a hands-down death-trap?