Attila the Drum was a competitor robot in Series 4 of Robot Wars. Although it controversially lost in the first round of the main competition, it performed surprisingly well in the Southern Annihilator, placing a creditable third. The team also participated in Series 7 with Jackson Wallop.
Its name is a pun on Attila the Hun- a savage war hero, leader of the Hunnic Empire from 434 to 453, and one of the most feared enemies of the Western and Eastern Roman Empires.
- "A mace and pickaxe means there's nothing "humdrum" about Attila! A kevlar shell protects the 24 volt motors, the drum runs both sides up even if it's flipped over, and the beat's up-tempo, speeds reaching 15 mph!"
- — Jonathan Pearce introduces Attila the Drum
It was a large barrel robot made of kevlar with a heavy chain flail as its primary weapon, which was interchangeable with an axe and could reach 15 mph. Attila the Drum was an axlebot, and could swing overhead to power its axe, and spin on the spot like a thwackbot to use its flail. However, its wheels and weaponry were flammable
Attila the Drum made its appearance in Heat A of the Fourth Wars, but was fortunate enough not to be drawn up against the reigning champions Chaos 2, as it was placed up against fellow newcomers Medusa 2000 and the number 17 seeds King B3. In the battle, King B3 smashed into Medusa 2000 while Attila the Drum span madly. King B3 backed away and charged again at Medusa 2000 but drove straight over the wedge at the front. Attila the Drum moved slowly towards the two and tried to build up an attack, meanwhile King B3 then turned to Attila and slammed it into the arena wall. While the pair tussled, Medusa started moving again after a long period of stillness. King B3 pushed Attila the Drum across the arena into the other side wall before Sergeant Bash set the fur on the wheels of the drum alight.
- "The tyres have caught on fire! Will it a be a tyre-funeral pyre for Attila?"
- — Jonathan Pearce
Attila the Drum returned to the centre of the arena where Medusa 2000 was still looking ponderous. It finally did get back in the action with a few attacks on Attila the Drum, but cease was called soon after, for the battle to go to a judges' decision. The Judges went against Attila the Drum, in what was a very unpopular decision with the crowd, who started booing loudly.
Attila the Drum also participated in the Pinball Warrior Tournament during the Fourth Wars. However, it finished in joint last place, 15th out of 16 participants, along with Spikasaurus, as it scored only 40 points.
Attila also fought in the Southern Annihilator, which took place during the Christmas Season of the Fourth Wars. It went up against Razer, Spawn of Scutter, Vercingetorix, Onslaught and Behemoth. In the first round, it tried to hit Spawn of Scutter and Onslaught, but caused no meaningful damage. Nonetheless, Vercingetorix was immobilised. Attila spent the rest of the battle avoiding Razer's attacks.
Spawn Of Scutter lost power from its receiver in Round two, and Behemoth withdrew from Round three because of damage sustained from Razer in Round two.
Attila spun around in Round four, not causing much damage, until it was pushed into a CPZ by Razer, seized by Sir Killalot, and then lost the battle on a judges' decision, leaving Razer and Onslaught to advance through to the Annihilator final.
Despite losing its only battle in the main competition of Series 4, Attila the Drum was still nominated for the Most Promising Newcomer Award for the series, but lost out to Semi-Finalist Tornado.
|ATTILA THE DRUM - RESULTS|
|The Fourth Wars - UK Championship|
Heat, Round 1
|Heat A, Eliminator||vs. Medusa 2000, King B3 (17)||Eliminated|
|Pinball Warrior Tournament|
Equal Fifteenth (with Spikasaurus)
|Round 1||vs. Behemoth, Onslaught, Razer,|
Spawn of Scutter, Vercingetorix
|Round 2||vs. Behemoth, Onslaught, Razer, Spawn of Scutter||Qualified|
|Round 3||vs. Behemoth, Onslaught, Razer||Qualified (by default)|
|Round 4||vs. Onslaught, Razer||Eliminated|
- Wins: 2
- Losses: 2
The third round of the Southern Annihilator, where Behemoth forfeited, is omitted from the Wins tally.
|Series||Attila the Drum Record|
|The First Wars||Did not enter|
|The Second Wars||Did not enter|
|The Third Wars||Did not enter|
|The Fourth Wars||Heat, Round 1|
|The Fifth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Sixth Wars||Did not enter|
|The Seventh Wars||Entered with Jackson Wallop|
|Series 8||Did not enter|
|Series 9||Did not enter|
- Tony Knapp was not present for the team's appearance in the Southern Annihilator, with his place being taken by Helen Thorpe, though the Team Members on the statboard were not changed.
- For the Pinball Warrior Tournament, the team dressed like Mongol warlords, to match their robot, but these were not seen in the main competition or the Southern Annihilator.
- Best Newcomer - Robot Wars: The Fourth Wars