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"Tally-ho, Talos!"
Jonathan Pearce

Talos was a brown box-wedge shaped robot that competed exclusively in Series 2 of Robot Wars, entered by a team who all worked in an automation department. Talos reached the arena stage of its heat, after managing to pit house robot Dead Metal in the Gauntlet stage, but was then defeated by the eventual heat winner G.B.H. in the heat semi-final.

The team intended to build Talos 2 for Series 4, but it is unknown if the robot was ever completed.

In Greek mythology, Talos was also the name of a Bronze giant created by Hephaestus, the God of Fire and Forge, to protect the island of Crete from invaders.

DesignEdit

Talos

Talos in the pits

Taloslance

Talos with decals at the Semi-Final stage

The robot had four-wheel drive and was armed with two spikes as weapons, however these could be swapped over with a single lance weapon. It could spin a 1m circle but it turned quicker in two wheel configuration, while its two-wheel configuration was used for higher pushing power. Its mechanical brake costing £30, took 3 months to build and cost over £500 altogether. It used belt drive to alter between high speed and low torque and vice versa.

For the Arena semi-final stage, Talos gained extra 'war paint', and a new front spike, to celebrate its success[1].

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 2Edit

TalosS2Gauntlet

Talos passes Dead Metal

Talos participated in Heat J of the Second Wars. In the Gauntlet stage of the heat, Talos used its two-wheel drive to push its way through the barrels and got past Matilda, but Shunt came in and pushed it against the arena side wall. Then Talos amazingly managed to push Dead Metal into the pit of oblivion. After that, Shunt then came in and pushed Talos into the pit too. Talos had covered 6.5m, putting it third out of 6 on the leaderboard, meaning it was enough to go through ahead of Kill Dozer, Penetrator and Broot.

Talostugofwar

Talos pulls Matilda

The trial was to be the Tug of War, so Talos switched t its four-wheel drive for extra pulling ability. Talos put up a good fight against Matilda, but was pulled into the furnace after 21.47 seconds, however, this was enough to put Talos third on the leaderboard out of 5, this was enough for it to proceed to the arena stage of the heat.

"Myself and Mike were both extremely pleased to get to this stage, and could not believe we had got so far. We were drawn against GBH with whom we had been sharing a table in the pits."
— Iain Wilkinson
TalosvsGBH

Talos is flipped by G.B.H.

In the heat semi-final, Talos was drawn up against the experienced Team Joint Effort with G.B.H.. Talos was armed with the lance weapon for this battle instead of the spikes, but after a short while of the two robots dodging around each other, G.B.H. attacked Talos side on, and slowly flipped it over using its scoop weapon. Because Talos lacked a srimech, it couldn't self-right, it was declared immobilised and eliminated from the competition.

"We knew we had to stay away from the lifting arm of GBH but unfortunately that is exactly what we did not do and within a minute of the contest we had been well and truly flipped !! Well done to GBH, mind you they were experienced as they had entered a robot in the first series."
— Iain Wilkinson

ResultsEdit

TALOS - RESULTS
Series 2
The Second Wars - UK Championship
Heat, Arena Semi-Final
Heat J, Gauntlet 6.5m (3rd) Qualified
Heat J, Trial (Tug of War) 21.47 Seconds (3rd) Qualified
Heat J, Semi-Final vs. G.B.H. Lost
Talos audition

Talos at the Series 2 auditions, without its shell

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 0
  • Losses: 1

Series RecordEdit

Series Talos Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Heat, Arena Semi-Final
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 Did not enter
Series 8 Did not enter
Series 9 Did not enter
Series 10 Did not enter

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20020225104623/http://www.soft.net.uk/wilks/page4.html

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