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"This is a very interesting robot - was made on kebabs, coffee, lawnmowers and windscreen wipers."
Philippa Forrester introducing Blade

Blade was a Y-shaped robot that exclusively participated in Series 3 of Robot Wars. While the weapon did not cause much damage outside its first battle, Blade's decent pushing power and speed saw it through to the Semi-Finals, where it lost to Beast of Bodmin.

Blade's successor robot, Blade's Big Bruva, was intended to compete in the Fourth Wars and was seeded. However, it dropped out along with fellow Series 3 Semi-Finalists Trident at the last minute, and both Centurion and Suicidal Tendencies were given the final seeds instead.

DesignEdit

"A rotary blade gives this fearsome machine its name, with added "slashers". It also contains shatterproof material, can get up to 10mph, car parts used in the building -it's a grizzly lawnmower!"
Jonathan Pearce introduces Blade in Heat C of Series 3
Blade

Blade in the arena

Blade was equipped with a rotating 42cm lawnmower blade at the front. The lawnmower blade was allegedly 'borrowed' from team member Josh Ainslie's mother's lawnmower whilst she was on holiday, and without her knowledge.

Blade cost precisely £146.52 to build. Constructed mostly from car parts, the machine was also reinforced with thick steel and shatterproof polycarbonate and could reach 10mph. Rare for a Series 3 competitor, Blade withstood an axe blow from Shunt when it was attacked during its heat final fight with Aggrobot.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 3Edit

"I'm Josh, captain of Team Blade. On my left, we have Geoff and on the right, I have Ben. Erm this is Blade. All we intend to do is mash our opponents, slash and grind, with these lovely cutters. Weighs about 12 and a half stone, so beware!"
— Josh Ainslie in the team's introduction

Blade competed in Heat C of the Third Wars, where in the first round, it faced fellow newcomers Spike.

Blade Spike

Blade rips away a decorative arm from Spike

Blade Spike 2

Blade and Spike meet head on

Blade Spike 1

Blade is locked tight with Spike

Blade was the faster of the two, immediately ripping part of Spike's decoration from the front. Blade continued to ram Spike, although eventually Spike started pushing back, until Sgt. Bash broke them up. Blade then pushed Spike into Bash, who attacked the underside of Spike with its pincers, dislodging another piece of bodywork. Blade and Spike then spun around each other, then again colliding at stalemate with a push. Eventually, Matilda came in to break them up, but the deadlock was only broken a few seconds from the end.

Blade vs Spike

Blade pushes Spike down into the Pit after cease

In one final push, Blade heaved Spike across the arena, and pushed it into the pit, but this KO came after 'cease' had already been called, and the battle advanced to a Judges' decision with the pitting disregarded. Nevertheless, Blade won the Judges' decision unanimously.

"They've decided that even though there was some skulduggery from Blade after time elapsed, they are the unanimous winners!"
— Craig Charles announcing the winner

Blade fought Agent Orange in the second round.

"Straight in, bit of slashing and ripping, that's it really. We feel pretty confident ... ish!"
— Josh Ainslie on his tactics and confidence
Blade Agent Orange 2

Blade takes an early hit from Agent Orange

Blade Agent Orange

Blade ends up on its side due to the Arena Spike

Blade attacks agent orange

Matilda lifts and nearly turns over Agent Orange

Blade Agent Orange 1

Blade celebrates as Agent Orange shows little life in the remaining seconds

The two started the battle by dodging each other, then pushing against one another, Agent Orange doing the early pushing. Blade was then flipped by the arena spike and Agent Orange pushed it into Matilda's CPZ, who rushed out to attack Blade and inadvertently righted it. Blade then pushed Agent Orange back into Matilda, who failed to overturn the robot. Blade once again pushed back, as Agent Orange ground to a halt, then moving very slowly.

Cease was called at the end of five minutes, and the close battle was sent to a Judges' decision. By virtue of a split decision, Blade narrowly advanced to the Heat Final.

In the Heat Final, Blade was placed up against Aggrobot, who had defeated heat favourites Razer in the previous fight.

"We just want to get it over and done with, as the lawnmower blade on there, my mum comes back from holiday tomorrow, and she wants it back!"
— Josh Ainslie
Aggrobot Blade Shunt axe

Blade fends off Shunt's axe attack

In this battle, the two robots met in the centre of the arena, and Blade pushed Aggrobot all around the arena, even withstanding an axe blow from Shunt.

"Oh, and in comes Shunt there, with the great axe going down to create damage. Let's see if did cause any - no! That's very rare."
— Jonathan Pearce as Blade resists Shunt's attack

Aggrobot got itself wedged on the arena side wall, but was freed, and then broke down in the centre of the arena. Blade then rammed Aggrobot onto the flame pit, and left the immobile machine to the House Robots.

Blade vs aggrobot

Blade rams Aggrobot

"And Blade here, is the surprise of this heat, and turning up the heat now on Aggrobot!"
— Jonathan Pearce

Killalot lifted Aggrobot up, and Dead Metal attacked its tongue. Sir Killalot then put Aggrobot onto the arena flipper and it was thrown over. With this victory, Blade had qualified for the series semi-finals.

In the semi-finals, Blade was drawn against Beast of Bodmin, successor to the former champion Roadblock.

"Cutting a sway through the earlier heats, Blade. But, has its edge now been blunted by battle I wonder?"
— Jonathan Pearce in the Semi-Finals
Blade and Beast of Bodmin

Beast of Bodmin flips over Blade

Blade demise

Blade's demise

From the start, Beast of Bodmin was the stronger robot, getting underneath Blade multiple times, but failing to flip it, until finally it succeeded in turning Blade onto its side, and then reversing into it to put it onto its back. Blade was then attacked by the House Robots, Dead Metal in particular throwing up a lot of sparks with its circular saw. Damage was caused especially to the lawnmower blade, leaving Josh Ainslie unable to return it to the lawnmower that he 'borrowed' it from.

ResultsEdit

BLADE - RESULTS
Series 3
The Third Wars - UK Championship
Semi-Finals, Round 1
Heat C, Round 1 vs. Spike Won
Heat C, Round 2 vs. Agent Orange Won
Heat C, Final vs. Aggrobot Won
Semi-Final 2, Round 1 vs. Beast of Bodmin Lost

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 3
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

TeamBlade

Team Blade

Series Blade Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Semi-Finals, Round 1
The Fourth Wars Withdrew with Blade's Big Bruva
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

Outside Robot WarsEdit

Blade was originally painted red and before entering Robot Wars it competed in some local live events.

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