i can see this thing with a pair of arm mounted chainguns, advancing against a massive enemy force of lesser mechs, mowing them down with lots of wicked explosions as it shrugs off their return fire. totally badass.
Front mission doesn't have any tjat I can think of off hand, but I definitely align myself more with Heavy Gear when it comes to how mecha are used on the battlefield.
The issue I see with tank tread mecha is what is the benefit over a normal, less expensive and simpler tank? adding a robot torso ontop of a tank body doesn't really make it any better as far as I can see.
Yeah, it's useful for twin-arm excavators and disaster response units, but not so useful elsewhere. Can't climb over larger obstacles, but it's faster on flat ground (where mecha lose their advantage versus conventional armored fighting vehicles...darn it.) I guess the only remaining advantage is that a tracked mech is harder to trip and would have lower ground pressure.
Hmm, now that I think about it, the hull profile would be a lot higher than an unmodified Wiesel 1...but it might be shorter than a conventional mech [link]