@Background Pony #EE55 It does make me wonder who they happen to be going up again, guess we’ll have to wait and see on the 16th, plus, DUCK! is going up against Quantum in EP 11, HUGE is going up against Gigabyte, Wan Hoo is facing Kraken in an episode we don’t know about and Gemini is going up against Mammoth.
For those who don’t want to go onto Facebook: I feel like we’ve been here before. Gigabyte is about the closest robot in the field to Son of Whyachi, and not a robot we were thrilled to fight. Giant horizontal spinners are one of our least-favorite types of opponent. Nevertheless we got to work, rewiring the robot’s batteries to siphon more power for our weapon, and setting all of our current limits to ensure we wouldn’t run out of power during the fight. Sadly, this meant limiting our drive and weapons even further than they were before, guaranteeing sluggish response.
While looking over our wheel configuration options, we had a dilemma. Our short, anti-horizontal spinner wheels made us too short to hit anything on Gigabyte besides the thickly armored angled sides, which we knew we could hardly scratch. Plus, they had proven too stiff against Son of Whyachi, resulting in an impressive wheelsplosion. Turns out, we can solve both of these problems at the same time! These full-size new wheels are 75% as thick as our normal anti-spinner wheels, but gain us 7 inches in height back to our normal size. Plus, they should be able to wobble out of the way more effectively, rather than transferring that energy back into the frame or catching an opponent’s weapon and causing a massive rip. We bought the plastic on site, and hid it in the crate until RDC had left for the night. Until then, HUGE was set up with it’s traditional full-size wheels on. Starting at around 10PM, we were a well-oiled machine to cut out two brand new wheels and get them mounted to the bot. We weren’t sure if they’d have a different plan to strategize against the new wheels, but decided that we didn’t want to give them the evening to think about it.
Speaking of bright ideas that we came up with at the event, we had another one brewing…
Some little birdies told us that the steel on top of Gigabyte’s shell was thinner than the rest, and we had already known that we would be able to take a solid bite if hitting there. Plus, it was full of holes. So for the first time ever on any version of HUGE, we wired the spinner in reverse. With some careful math, we figured out which bar length could hit the top of Gigabyte’s shell, rather than glancing off the sides. Like it or not, we were ready.
As the first fight of the next morning, we knew we’d have to be in line as soon as we got to the venue. We wheeled out and went into the box for our fight after weigh-in/functional test. It was scary not giving the robot a full test, since we were worried about battery life. In the ring, we knew we’d need to drive carefully, but attack quick. It could go south fast, but we had almost no path to a quick KO in this fight. Our original hope had been to bend over their drive axle from the downwards hits, but we realized once looking closely how thick their axles were. No chance there. Now that we had finally gave up on running shorter bars against horizontal spinners, we had to really go on the attack to start winning these fights.
The fight started fast, and after a few perfectly precise Pulverizer poundings, we got our big hit on the top of the shell. We were lucky not to throw ourselves out of the arena on that hit. Gigabyte scooted away while we got our bar back up to speed, and we noticed the shell wasn’t spinning at all. Our hopes were confirmed when a big puff of smoke came out of Gigabyte, and we went wild. The shell was jammed! One problem, what to do for the next 2 minutes and 45 seconds?
So we kept hitting them.
After a very perilous brush with death up on the screws, we kept running the full fight, without draining batteries or killing ourselves from the incredibly stressful upwards punches to the frame with each hit. Gigabyte did smoke out at the end of the fight, we are guessing just from the stress in the drive motors from pushing us around for two and a half minutes. We’re definitely going to run some more bike tire next time.
Post-fight, we had to replace our weapon motors due to cracked magnets from the hits we gave ourselves. But that’s a trade we’re happy to make for the biggest win we’ve had to date! The cost of the wheels and the motors made this an expensive fight, but cheaper than a loss would have been. That would have cost us our shot at the Top 16 for sure. Now sitting at 2-1, we feel much better about the season ahead. Time to get to work, fix the damage and prep for our next fight. Stay tuned!
Also, it’s weird that some of the robots have yet to be in BattleBots, including Battlesaw, Double Jeapordy, Sharkoprion, Daisy Cutter, Kingpin, Exinguisher, and The Four Horsemen. They’ve been completely left out and have yet to be aired in any episodes so far.
I think it was in between no one recording it, which I assume the audience was told to keep their phones/cameras away, and that since the Science Channel hasn’t aired it, no one can upload it until then.