Do we do this IRL? Nope, we use a truck and trailer to carry extra supplies, build infrastructure out to the area so we don't need to carry supplies in one trip, and have construction equipment that can quickly and easily swap tools to do multiple jobs. If mecha made any sense you'd already see them used in the Amazon for logging/mining or in the Antarctic where hostile environment and need for fairly bulky gear to go out and do anything are facts of life.Zixinus wrote: ↑2018-05-23 03:25pm1. Hostile atmosphere/space setting: mechas are large enough to carry a power source and a life support system, both things that a regular person can only carry batteries/tanks of for limited amount of time. There are tracked vehicles too (or may even be the majority) but mechas are versatile (can use all four or more limbs for mobility, just switch tools rather than stop to retool entire vehicle) enough to be worthwhile. Especially useful (maybe?) where getting something ready to get the job done is more important than doing it efficiently.
Again not likely. If it were you'd see cities with snow issues using walkers instead of current snow removal equipment, and militaries would be using them instead of snowmobiles, tracked snow tractors, and other ingenious means to go over the snow. If it's some other obstacle, like a boulder field or ash drifts, you're going to have an engineer dispatched to deal with the terrain issue. You don't usually invent a new mode of transport to deal with problems we're already solved.2. Snow? Either abnormally large or similar obstacle where mechas can just walk over (I'm assuming non-humanoid design). What comes to mind is Frostpunk's automatons, which were actually quadroped but could walk around on long legs rather than force its way through the snow. This was partly game design, so the automatons would not interfere with things on the ground much (they do climb about) but this aspect made sense to me.
Plus, in Frostpunk there shouldn't be any fresh snow given the temperature so you have nice stable ice to walk on (no mecha needed) or you're ignoring science already and just rocking rule of cool.