Team Phyte Antweight Builds & Event Reports

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James Williams
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Team Phyte Antweight Builds & Event Reports

Post by James Williams » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:30 pm

Hi everybody

After attending AWS55 I've decided to get into the antweight scene. I already had a few events under my belt with my featherweight Neophyte, but after Shakey kindly invited me along & lent me one of his spares which I named "Rented for the Roboteer's Pleasure", as well as recruiting me to drive the yellow 1/3 of Wedge Wedge Wedge I've been bitten by the bug.

Despite being not only a complete rookie but also not even knowing what I would be competing with, I got surprisingly far, reaching the 7th round with both entries. Admittedly I was a bit lucky with Rented, getting a bye in round 1, having Oh Baby pirouette itself out the arena in round 2 & Not Playtested's weapon falling off by itself in round 3. However I did have a good, competitive fight against Yin & Yang, who ended up both getting under me at the same time & threw me out with some brilliant coordinated driving. I also got thrown out very quickly by Limpet, who ironically did the exact same thing the week before with the featherweight version at Grantham.

Driving Wedge Wedge Wedge was a lot of fun, even with my dodgy driving sending myself off in most fights. Competing alongside Alex and George who both finished in the top 4 on the day really did have a "me vs the guys she told you not to worry about" vibe, but comparing what they were doing to myself really helped me improve slightly from match to match. If any fellow noobs get the chance to drive as part of a clusterbot I strongly recommend doing so. Highlights included getting absolutely bulldozed by Considerable as well as an epic cluster battle against EPZ, including the one time my suicide dives paid off, taking 1/2 of EPZ with me.

Going forward I've decided to build a couple of antweights for myself to hopefully enter at AWS56 in October. I've already got a few ideas in mind, starting off with a basic pusher with large forks on the sides as well as maybe a mini Neophyte. I don't have CAD so I'll probably make a model out of card once all the internal parts arrive & work around that. The main reason I'm posting this now is to serve as a reminder to myself. When I have something more interesting I'll post in on here. Any feedback of any sort is more than welcome.

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Re: Team Phyte Antweight Builds & Event Reports

Post by Shakey » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:53 pm

Good to see you on here, I'm looking forward to seeing what you build!
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Re: Team Phyte Antweight Builds & Event Reports

Post by Zanbots » Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:27 am

Oh, Baby! Vs Rented For The Roboteers Pleasure was my favourite fight of the competition. You were quite good at getting hold of a part of me and somehow twisting the robot around. Then I had lots of fun trying to flail about and wiggle away. The way my bot would dance around in the chain configuration was so much fun. I'd love a rematch. Next time it's planned to be even faster and I've learnt to take more care next to the edges.
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Re: Team Phyte Antweight Builds & Event Reports

Post by James Williams » Mon Jul 16, 2018 5:44 pm

Thanks! That was a fun fight. I think the axe pushing down combined with your own driving momentum was what was knocking you over. Another highlight was Dave Lawrie yelling "Leave him!" whilst you were over (in the heat of battle I forgot I could win if you couldn't self right). Also enjoyed watching the rumble that you & Duck Bot almost went the distance in.

I would love a rematch one day but since it was Shakey's bot I'll have to either make my own axe bot or maybe buy one of his once he's redesigned it (then I could name it Upgraded for the Roboteer's Pleasure). Hope the upgrades work out for you, more speed on a thwackbot is always a good idea.

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