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'''Sandstorm''' was a heavyweight robot which competed in [[This is Fighting Robots (Season_1.5)|Season 1.5]], the debut of ''[http://king-of-bots.wikia.com/wiki/This_is_Fighting_Robots This is Fighting Robots]''. It was built by Team Ranglebots, captained by Ellis Ware, who previously entered [[King of Bots (Season 1)|Season 1]] of ''[[King of Bots]]'' with [[Great White]]. Sandstorm was selected to compete in the main competition after fighting a four-way melee against [[Bonfire]], [[Chronos]] and [[Blue Demon]]; its initial attack on Chronos impressed Zheng Shuang sufficiently for her to include it as part of her team.
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'''Sandstorm''' was a heavyweight robot which competed in [[This is Fighting Robots (Season_1.5)|Season 1.5]], the debut of ''[http://king-of-bots.wikia.com/wiki/This_is_Fighting_Robots This is Fighting Robots]''. It was built by Team Ranglebots, captained by Ellis Ware, who previously entered [[King of Bots (Season 1)|Season 1]] of ''[[King of Bots]]'' with [[Great White]]. Sandstorm was selected to compete in the main competition after fighting a four-way melee against [[Bonfire]], [[Chronos]] and [[Blue Demon]]; its initial attack on Chronos impressed Zheng Shuang sufficiently for her to include it as part of her team. In the main competition, Sandstorm has so far earned one victory for the Green team, in a head-to-head battle against Chronos.
   
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
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[[File:Sandstorm_KOs_Blue_Demon.jpg|thumb|Sandstorm tips and slams Blue Demon into the corner]]
 
[[File:Sandstorm_KOs_Blue_Demon.jpg|thumb|Sandstorm tips and slams Blue Demon into the corner]]
 
Following this attack, Sandstorm rushed underneath Blue Demon, before proceeding to push and flip Chronos into one of the grinders. In doing so, it flipped itself, resulting in Sandstorm needing to self-right using its front-hinged arms. Recovering, Sandstorm sped away, before pushing, tipping and slamming Blue Demon into the corner. Towards the end of the battle, Sandstorm burnt out its rear motors<ref>Private correspondence with Adam Hamilton</ref>, but the fight ended immediately after, with Sandstorm spinning and firing its lifting weapon in victory, its place in the main tournament already secured.
 
Following this attack, Sandstorm rushed underneath Blue Demon, before proceeding to push and flip Chronos into one of the grinders. In doing so, it flipped itself, resulting in Sandstorm needing to self-right using its front-hinged arms. Recovering, Sandstorm sped away, before pushing, tipping and slamming Blue Demon into the corner. Towards the end of the battle, Sandstorm burnt out its rear motors<ref>Private correspondence with Adam Hamilton</ref>, but the fight ended immediately after, with Sandstorm spinning and firing its lifting weapon in victory, its place in the main tournament already secured.
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[[File:Sandstorm_Chronos_floor_flipper.jpg|thumb|left|Sandstorm falls foul of a floor flipper as it tries to pursue Chronos]]
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[[File:Sandstorm_vs_Chronos_1.jpg|thumb|Sandstorm recovers to push Chronos towards the spikes]]
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[[File:Sandstorm_vs_Chronos_2.jpg|thumb|left|Sandstorm throws Chronos off the arena floor]]
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[[File:Sandstorm_Chronos_floor_rods.jpg|thumb|Sandstorm spins after driving head-on into a set of floor rods]]
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In the main competition, Sandstorm first appeared in the second round, where it initially fought a head-to-head battle against Chronos. Following on from their preliminary rumble, this battle marked the second time in which both competitors fought each other on the show. Immediately, it pursued Chronos as the latter retreated towards the spikes, but inadvertently drove up one of the floor flippers as it was activated by opposing team captain Sa Beining. Sandstorm recovered to deflect, push and get underneath Chronos close to the spikes, and proceeded to continuously chase and knock the American machine off-balance. At one point, it momentarily threw Chronos onto its side using its lifter, although without completely flipping it over. Sandstorm continued chasing Chronos across the arena, momentarily deflecting it away before slamming head-on into a set of rising floor rods.
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[[File:Sandstorm_Chronos_saws.jpg|thumb|left|A mistimed flip sees Sandstorm driving in between the circular saws]]
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[[File:Sandstorm_vs_Chronos_3.jpg|thumb|Sandstorm launches Chronos into the air]]
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Spinning, Sandstorm resumed its earlier attacks, deflecting a fully-rotating Chronos a few more times and causing it to bounce into the air. In an attempt to flip Chronos over, it accidentally drove fully underneath the latter and in between the circular saws, although without sustaining any noticeable damage. Sandstorm darted away to pursue Chronos yet again, and eventually drove into its spinning rim – the impact launched Chronos several feet into the air. Further deflections allowed Sandstorm to send Chronos recoiling into the spikes and slow down its weapon, before pushing it at high speed towards the corner. As Chronos struggled to escape, Sandstorm got underneath and tipped it against the wall spikes, which left Chronos stranded for several seconds as it tried to shake itself free. Despite raising its lifter to try and hold its opponent in place, Sandstorm was unable to prevent Chronos from landing back on its wheels, and so proceeded to ram and deflect it away again.
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[[File:Sandstorm_vs_Chronos_4.jpg|thumb|left|Sandstorm props Chronos against the wall]]
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[[File:Sandstorm_vs_Chronos_5.jpg|thumb|Sandstorm rams Chronos into a grinder in the closing stages]]
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Sandstorm concluded the battle by ramming Chronos into one of the grinders, before giving chase and slamming into its spinning rim again just as time ran out. After a tense fight, both robots survived to a Judges’ decision. The decision went in favor of Sandstorm, enabling it to earn a point for an elated Zheng Shaung. Sandstorm's performance ensured that Shaung would extend her lead in the second round standings, with a total score of three points.
   
 
==Results==
 
==Results==
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{{Battle|[[This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)/Episode 2|Preliminary Rumble]]|[[Bonfire]], [[Chronos]], [[Blue Demon]]|Selected}}
 
{{Battle|[[This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)/Episode 2|Preliminary Rumble]]|[[Bonfire]], [[Chronos]], [[Blue Demon]]|Selected}}
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{{Battle|[[This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)/Episode 3|Main Rumble, Round 2]]|[[Chronos]]|Won}}
 
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===Wins/Losses===
 
===Wins/Losses===
*Wins: 0
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*Wins: 1
 
*Losses: 0
 
*Losses: 0
 
''NOTE: Sandstorm's preliminary rumble is not considered a win or a loss.''
 
''NOTE: Sandstorm's preliminary rumble is not considered a win or a loss.''

Revision as of 10:07, May 5, 2018

"I've wanted to build this robot for years. It's a beast."
— Ellis Ware

Sandstorm was a heavyweight robot which competed in Season 1.5, the debut of This is Fighting Robots. It was built by Team Ranglebots, captained by Ellis Ware, who previously entered Season 1 of King of Bots with Great White. Sandstorm was selected to compete in the main competition after fighting a four-way melee against Bonfire, Chronos and Blue Demon; its initial attack on Chronos impressed Zheng Shuang sufficiently for her to include it as part of her team. In the main competition, Sandstorm has so far earned one victory for the Green team, in a head-to-head battle against Chronos.

Design

Sandstorm Locking Bar

Sandstorm, with its locking bar in place

Sandstorm rear

Rear view of Sandstorm

Sandstorm is a scaled-up version of Ellis Ware's featherweight Tormenta, using an invertible design driven by four wheels. Sandstorm's weapon is a lifting wedge, which fires forwards to turn robots over in tandem with a set of larger, front-hinged bars. This weapon also allowed the robot to self-right from an inverted position. Sandstorm boasts great pushing power and maneuverability, with a high top speed of 24mph, made possible through its brushless drive system, and is protected around all sides by thick HARDOX armor.

Robot History

This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)

Sandstorm vs Chronos vs Bonfire

Sandstorm's initial ram on Chronos

Bonfire vs Sandstorm vs Blue Demon

Sandstorm sustains damage while being sandwiched between Bonfire and Blue Demon

Having not initially been selected by any of the celebrity team captains, Sandstorm first competed in a preliminary four-way melee to impress the celebrities and secure its place in the main tournament. There, it fought fellow UK entry Bonfire, American ring spinner Chronos and Mexican competitor Blue Demon. Immediately, Sandstorm charged into Chronos, momentarily launching the black and green machine into the air. The attack was sufficient to impress Zheng Shuang, resulting in her selecting Sandstorm to become part of the Green team. Sandstorm proceeded to push Blue Demon back as all four robots converged in the corner, and reversed into the wall spikes while pulling away from the latter. It briefly pushed Blue Demon from the side, then after weaving over the floor rods drove up the side of Bonfire’s wedge.

Bonfire vs Sandstorm 1

Sandstorm withstands a blow from Bonfire...

Sandstorm vs Bonfire 1

...and recovers to throw Bonfire into the wall

This exposed Sandstorm to a rear-on attack from Blue Demon, which resulted in its rear armor panel being torn off. At the same time, Bonfire thrust its arm-mounted spinner onto the top of Sandstorm, although Sandstorm survived without any further damage. Again, Sandstorm drove up Bonfire’s wedge; Bonfire proceeded to push it back into a grinder while simultaneously slamming its spinner down onto its lifting bars. As before, Sandstorm escaped unscathed, and briefly nudged Bonfire against the wall spikes before darting into Blue Demon and evading an approaching Bonfire. Spinning on the spot, Sandstorm proceeded to get underneath, push and throw Bonfire into the wall spikes and upper bulletproof screens; the attack eliminated Bonfire from the battle, although it was still mobile and had already been chosen by another celebrity beforehand.

Sandstorm flips Chronos

Sandstorm flips Chronos - and itself

Sandstorm KOs Blue Demon

Sandstorm tips and slams Blue Demon into the corner

Following this attack, Sandstorm rushed underneath Blue Demon, before proceeding to push and flip Chronos into one of the grinders. In doing so, it flipped itself, resulting in Sandstorm needing to self-right using its front-hinged arms. Recovering, Sandstorm sped away, before pushing, tipping and slamming Blue Demon into the corner. Towards the end of the battle, Sandstorm burnt out its rear motors[1], but the fight ended immediately after, with Sandstorm spinning and firing its lifting weapon in victory, its place in the main tournament already secured.

Sandstorm Chronos floor flipper

Sandstorm falls foul of a floor flipper as it tries to pursue Chronos

Sandstorm vs Chronos 1

Sandstorm recovers to push Chronos towards the spikes

Sandstorm vs Chronos 2

Sandstorm throws Chronos off the arena floor

Sandstorm Chronos floor rods

Sandstorm spins after driving head-on into a set of floor rods

In the main competition, Sandstorm first appeared in the second round, where it initially fought a head-to-head battle against Chronos. Following on from their preliminary rumble, this battle marked the second time in which both competitors fought each other on the show. Immediately, it pursued Chronos as the latter retreated towards the spikes, but inadvertently drove up one of the floor flippers as it was activated by opposing team captain Sa Beining. Sandstorm recovered to deflect, push and get underneath Chronos close to the spikes, and proceeded to continuously chase and knock the American machine off-balance. At one point, it momentarily threw Chronos onto its side using its lifter, although without completely flipping it over. Sandstorm continued chasing Chronos across the arena, momentarily deflecting it away before slamming head-on into a set of rising floor rods.

Sandstorm Chronos saws

A mistimed flip sees Sandstorm driving in between the circular saws

Sandstorm vs Chronos 3

Sandstorm launches Chronos into the air

Spinning, Sandstorm resumed its earlier attacks, deflecting a fully-rotating Chronos a few more times and causing it to bounce into the air. In an attempt to flip Chronos over, it accidentally drove fully underneath the latter and in between the circular saws, although without sustaining any noticeable damage. Sandstorm darted away to pursue Chronos yet again, and eventually drove into its spinning rim – the impact launched Chronos several feet into the air. Further deflections allowed Sandstorm to send Chronos recoiling into the spikes and slow down its weapon, before pushing it at high speed towards the corner. As Chronos struggled to escape, Sandstorm got underneath and tipped it against the wall spikes, which left Chronos stranded for several seconds as it tried to shake itself free. Despite raising its lifter to try and hold its opponent in place, Sandstorm was unable to prevent Chronos from landing back on its wheels, and so proceeded to ram and deflect it away again.

Sandstorm vs Chronos 4

Sandstorm props Chronos against the wall

Sandstorm vs Chronos 5

Sandstorm rams Chronos into a grinder in the closing stages

Sandstorm concluded the battle by ramming Chronos into one of the grinders, before giving chase and slamming into its spinning rim again just as time ran out. After a tense fight, both robots survived to a Judges’ decision. The decision went in favor of Sandstorm, enabling it to earn a point for an elated Zheng Shaung. Sandstorm's performance ensured that Shaung would extend her lead in the second round standings, with a total score of three points.

Results

SANDSTORM - RESULTS
This is Fighting Robots (Season 1.5)
Main Championship
Preliminary Rumble vs. Bonfire, Chronos, Blue Demon Selected
Main Rumble, Round 2 vs. Chronos Won

Wins/Losses

  • Wins: 1
  • Losses: 0

NOTE: Sandstorm's preliminary rumble is not considered a win or a loss.

Series Record

Sandstorm CAD

CAD of Sandstorm used to qualify for the series

Series Sandstorm Series Record
Season 1 Entered with Great White
Season 1.5 Entered
Season 2 Did not enter

Outside King of Bots

Pulsar

Pulsar in Series 9

Ellis Ware had previously competed in Robot Wars, during the show's eighth, ninth and tenth seasons. He debuted in Series 8 with Pulsar. This initially lost in the first round after taking a heavy blow to the rear, but following the forfeit of Chompalot, Pulsar was reinstated, and defeated Beast and Ironside3 in the second round, to reach the Heat Final, defeating Gabriel on a Judges' decision. Pulsar qualified for the Grand Final, but broke down in battle with TR2 and Thor. In Series 9, Pulsar qualified through its group battle by immobilizing Apex, after Crushtacean had already been immobilized by Ironside3. Another battle between Pulsar and Ironside3 was this time declared to have no winner, but Pulsar qualified for the Heat Final by defeating Supernova and Wyrm. In the Heat Final itself, a limping Pulsar quickly fell to Ironside3.

Magnetar

Magnetar

In Series 10, Ellis Ware entered with Magnetar, and quickly won its group battle over Hobgoblin and Push to Exit. Magnetar defeated Expulsion and Thor in succession to win its heat, but lost the group battle of its Grand Final to Eruption after encountering difficulties with its self-righting mechanism. Magnetar was eliminated when it was flipped over by Behemoth, despite immobilizing half of its opponent's drive. In Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars, Ellis Ware also mentored Paralympian Kadeena Cox with her robot Kadeena Machina ultimately winning the second episode with four consecutive wins.

Tormenta 3

Tormenta 3

Ellis Ware had previously competed with a variety of robots in lower weight classes. A series of featherweights named Tormenta have competed worldwide, later inspiring the design of Sandstorm, with Tormenta 3 most recently placing sixth in the 2015 World Featherweight Championship. Newton is a very successful beetleweight, twice placing second in a major championship. Ware also collaborated with Team Legion to compete with Rango and Django, the latter placing second in the 2016 World Featherweight Championship, losing to Explosion in the final.

Neon

Neon

Leading up to the FRA Featherweight World Championship in 2017, Ellis Ware made use of his spare components, intended for use in heavyweight robots, to build the featherweight Neon in just two days. Featuring a powerful undercutting bar spinner and a top speed of 26mph, Neon finished ninth out of fifty robots at the championship. Neon would later compete in King of Bots as Remora, alongside Great White.

References

Sandstorm TIFR

Sandstorm with its team

  1. Private correspondence with Adam Hamilton

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