Sniper was a domed wedge shaped robot that competed in Dutch Robot Wars: Series 1. It was a decent performer, winning its first two battles before falling to Sater on a close Judges' decision.



The rear spikes of Sniper

It was designed to resemble an alligator, and was armed with a pneumatic flipper and rear mounted spikes. The spikes were designed to look like protruding sniper rifle barrels, which resulted in Sniper's name. The team took pride in Sniper's virtually impenetrable armour, which could take a hit from a claw hammer and remain completely unscathed.


Due to a shortage of participants, Sniper qualified automatically for the first series of Dutch Robot Wars, and made no known attempt to enter the second season.


Front view of Sniper when it failed to qualify for the Seventh Wars


Rear view of Sniper at the time of Series 7

Team captain Michael Hanser attempted to enter UK Series 7 with a new version of Sniper, but did not win its qualifier battle, and was not selected to compete. Michael Hanser was, however, a team member for German representative Reaper NP2, and was later required to compete in the main competition with Tartarus after its builder could not attend filming.

Robot HistoryEdit

Dutch Series 1Edit

Maximill vs Sniper

Sniper pits MaxiMill

In the first round battle with MaxiMill, both machines started rather slowly. Sniper got itself wedged on the pit, and MaxiMill pressed the pit release button. The pit descended underneath Sniper, but its long body prevented it from going down, and just managed to reverse away from danger. The pair continued by pushing each other around the arena, until MaxiMill reversed near the pit. Sniper took full advantage of this, by shoving MaxiMill onto the edge and eventually down the pit of oblivion.

Sniper vs NEAT Machine

Sniper flips NEAT Machine over

In the next round, it faced World Championship competitor NEAT Machine. Sniper almost immediately went for the pit release tyre this time, while NEAT Machine slammed into Sniper with the axe. Sniper's response was to flip NEAT Machine over. Despite numerous, desperate attempts to self right with the axe, and with the tyre that was touching the ground, NEAT Machine was counted out by the Refbot, putting Sniper through to the Heat Final against Sater.

Sater lifter actually works

Sniper is rammed by Sater

Sater vs Sniper

Sniper holds Sater over the flame pit

For the second battle in a row, Sniper's first tactic was to go for the pit release. Sater drove into the front of Sniper, but Sniper mistimed its flip. It then appeared to successfully draw Sater onto the flame pit and keep it there for a while. After Sater got away, the time ran out and the battle went to a decision by the Jury, which went against Sniper.


Series 1
Dutch Championship
Heat Final
Heat E, Round 1 vs. MaxiMill Won
Heat E, Semi-Final vs. NEAT Machine Won
Heat E, Final vs. Sater Lost


  • Wins: 2
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Dutch SeriesEdit

Dutch Series Sniper Series Record
Series 1 Heat Final
Series 2 Did not enter

UK SeriesEdit

Series Sniper Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Did not enter
The Sixth Wars Did not enter
The Seventh Wars Failed to qualify
Entered with Tartarus and Reaper NP2
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter
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