In my world, a race of intelligent cephalopods have created mecha similar to the Fighting Machines from War of the Worlds (long story short; it makes sense for then as they evolved and continue to live on this worlds version of a highly mountains, jungle filled Australia).
What I'm wondering is if the flexable leg pattern as depicted in the original War of the Worlds is possible to build in a 1G environment? And if so, on what principle would they function?
Any form of technology will do. Mechanical, soft robotic, active support, ferrofluid, any thing else. All far game, these guys are very tech savvy.
The machines typically range in size from 3 meters high to around 13 meters high. In this question, we'll focus on an average height of 8 meters.
The number of legs depends on the job of the machine, with ones designed to carry heaver loads having 6 or more (assuming wheels can't be used, if the terrain is lenient enough), while other machines may have fewer. This question will focus on a machine with four legs.
The legs are highly flexible, allowing the main body of the machine to hide behind cover in a variety of environments and to raise the machine to full height, or hid behind a boulder.
The main body is non-humanoid and is more oval shaped. It contains the pilot, weapon emplacements (typically either a laser, Coilgun, missile rack or some combination), smaller manipulation arms based off of the same tech as the legs, and the power supply. Armor is present but just enough to survive a few glancing blows or one frontal attack from a sufficiently powerful weapon. The Cephalopods fighting doctrine prefers speed, mobility and stand-off line-of-sight weapons over armor and raw fire power. They do have high firepower weapons, just not on these particular mecha