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Iron-Awe was a series of robots that participated in Series 4, 6-7 and 10 of Robot Wars. The team also entered Series 5 with Axe-Awe.

Iron-Awe 2.1 was the most successful of the team's machines in UK Robot Wars, reaching the Heat Final after flipping the seeded Bigger Brother out of the arena in its second round battle. It was then outclassed by Typhoon 2 in the Heat Final and immobilised after several hard blows from the future champion. However, it was later repaired in time to compete in a special Axe Attack battle against Hydra and Kat 3, which it won.

Its name was a pun on "Iron Ore", a mineral used to make Iron.

The team tried to enter two new versions of Iron-Awe, Iron-Awe 5 and Iron-Awe 7, into Series 8 of Robot Wars, but they were not chosen to compete although another version called Iron-Awe 6 competed in Series 10.

The original Iron-Awe that entered Series 4 was an aluminium box-wedge shaped robot made mostly from packaging metal. The main axe support and motor shell were made of steel, but with weight being a problem, Iron-Awe ended up much shorter than intended, and holes were drilled everywhere. It featured tracks, which were powered by Bosch motors, and were chosen in order to create more traction and a zero turning circle. Iron-Awe's weapon was a 3kg felling axe on a wooden handle, powered by CO2 at 175PSI. It also had an additional cylinder behind the axe head. The power behind the axe led to it being the first robot to self-right by using an axe.

However, the robot moved fairly sluggishly due to its poor choice of batteries. After competing in Series 5 with Axe-Awe, the team returned to Series 6 with Iron-Awe 2. It retained the weapon combination of Axe-Awe, albeit with drastic improvements. Iron-Awe was built on a 40mm square aluminium box section frame, originally part of a workshop table and was sourced from a local scrap yard. Kart wheels were chosen to carry the robot, because of the size:weight ratio. The flipper could lift a ton, the robot was manoeuvrable and had self-righting capabilities but was easily flippable.

The Series 7 entry Iron-Awe 2.1 had improved manoeuvrability and a lower ground clearance, as the team had abandoned the kart wheels of Iron-Awe 2 in favour of small aluminium wheels. Both weapons now operated at approximately one-tenth of a second, and also featured rear spikes to prevent Iron-Awe from getting stranded on its flat rear panel, as it had been in the Series 6 qualifiers.

QualificationEdit

Despite having control problems in its Series 4 qualifier, Iron-Awe managed to defeat Bolt from the Blue, and qualified for the series. Iron-Awe 2 had lost it qualifier for Series 6 after Dantomkia managed to stand Iron-Awe 2.0 up on its back with its axe hanging over the perimeter barrier of the arena, leaving it unable to self right. Despite losing, the team was given a discretionary place to qualify, unlike fellow losing competitors Maximus and Destruct-A-Bubble.

In its Series 7 qualifer, Iron-Awe 2.1 fought three robots, including Mute. Of the four, only Iron-Awe 2.1 and Mute qualified for the series.

Robot HistoryEdit

Series 4Edit

Iron-awe1

Iron-Awe had a very slow and ponderous first fight in the Fourth Wars against the 23rd seeds Mortis and fellow newcomers Mazakari, being pushed around by Mortis a few times. In actual fact, a lot of the action involving Iron-Awe was edited out, instead focusing on Mortis pushing Mazakari around the arena. Iron-Awe appeared to be immobilised near the end of the battle and was picked up and nearly pitted by Sir Killalot. In the end, the judges ruled that Mazakari had been eliminated. In the second round Iron-Awe was drawn against the 7th seeds Steg 2. Iron-Awe started slowly again and was flipped numerous times by Steg 2. Although it righted each time, the House Robots eventually closed in and Sir Killalot cut its axe off. The judges ruled Iron-Awe out and the seventh seeds through.Iron-Awe returned to fight in the Celebrity Special, where it was driven by actress Natalie Cassidy. In Round 1 against Pussycat, recent runners-up for the main competition, Iron-Awe moved very slowly at the start, firing its axe, but failing to hit Pussycat. After Pussycat rammed it and drove up its wedge, Iron-Awe got a few axe blows in, but failed to do any damage, apart from knocking off Pussycat's decorations. After Pussycat slammed into Iron-Awe, breaking Natalie's vanity plate, Iron-Awe appeared to stop moving. Thought it regained mobility after an attack from Dead Metal, it did not matter; the rest of the house robots joined in, with Matilda flipping it over. Iron-Awe tried to self-right, but just ended up on the flame pit, where its decorations burned off while Sir Killalot snapped off its axe. Finally, Sir Killalot picked up Iron-Awe and finished it off by lowering it into the pit. Natalie Cassidy then later joined her Eastenders co-star Adam Woodyatt with the Cold Fusion Team and Pussycat, coming out as the eventual winners.

Series 6Edit

Iron awe

Team Iron-Awe entered Series 6 with Iron-Awe 2 and came up against the 5th seeds Chaos 2, newcomers Destructosaur and veterans Mighty Mouse in the first round. Iron-Awe 2 started fairly well, axing a hole in Destructosaur's armour just as Chaos 2 flipped Destructosaur. However it then moved too close to the arena wall, and began spinning in delight. This allowed Chaos 2 to get underneath Iron-Awe before they could get away, push it against the arena wall, and toss it out of the arena, eliminating it from the competition.

Extreme 2Edit

Iron-Awe 2 took part in the Challenge Belt competition in Extreme Series 2. In the first round against Barber-Ous 2, Vader, both recent heat-finalists, and reigning fourth place Terrorhurtz, it started by attempting to flip over Terrorhurtz, but Terrorhurtz toppled back onto its wheels. Iron-Awe 2 was then attacked by Barber-Ous 2, the impact turning it over, but it was able to self-right. After being attacked by Vader, Iron-Awe 2 was able to axe through the shell of Barber-Ous 2, and then flipped it over while the axe was still dug in, which turned Iron-Awe 2 itself upside-down. Luckily for the team, Vader was counted out and Barber-Ous 2 was pitted by Terrorhurtz, so Iron-Awe 2 survived.

In the second round against previous semi-finalist Dantomkia, Iron-Awe 2 spent the early stages trying to avoid its opponent, but it wasn't long before Dantomkia got underneath Iron-Awe 2, pushed it towards the arena entry gate, and threw it out of the arena.

Series 7Edit

Iron Awe 2.1

The team returned for Series 7 with Iron-Awe 2.1, and started against three newcomers to the UK wars DisConstructor, Xenomorph and Hammerhead 2 in the first round. It opened up by ramming straight into Refbot, before using its flipper to toss Hammerhead 2 and Xenomorph around. After Disconstructor drove into the pit, Iron-Awe 2.1 used its axe and flipper to attack its remaining opponents, doing enough damage to progress to the next round on a judges' decision. In the second round, it met the 4th seeds Bigger Brother, which was by far the favourite. Bigger Brother started stronger, flipping Iron-Awe over, then pushed it towards the arena side wall and flipped it over, this time onto its wheels. Iron-Awe 2.1 spun around, got underneath Bigger Brother, and launched it over the arena wall. This was one of the biggest shocks of the Seventh Wars. Iron-Awe 2.1 met the incredibly destructive Typhoon 2 in the Heat Final. Iron-Awe faced immediate difficulty, as a slippery substance covered the arena floor for Sir Killalot's benefit, and Iron-Awe could not gain traction. As a result, it failed to catch Typhoon 2, which was constantly increasing its spinning speed. Upon contact, Typhoon 2 buckled Iron-Awe's flipper after a few blows. Iron-Awe 2.1 tried to hit Typhoon 2 with the axe, but failed. Typhoon 2 then sent Iron-Awe 2.1 flying towards Shunt's CPZ, where it was counted out. Sir Killalot picked it up and carried it to the drop zone, where a gas cooker was dropped on it.The team put the robot back together to take part in the Axe Attack battle against Hydra and Kat 3. Iron-Awe 2.1 was attacked repeatedly early on by the axe of Hydra and was pushed into the arena wall. Meanwhile, Kat 3 had become immobilised and was counted out. Iron-Awe 2.1 was pushed into the CPZ by Shunt, but escaped. From then on, both robots began to attack the house robots. Hydra flipped over Shunt and Iron-Awe 2.1 attempted to flip over Cassius Chrome, but was unsuccessful. Refbot then activated the pit release button, and Hydra drove onto the pit just as it began to descend and was eliminated, leaving Iron-Awe 2.1 as the winner.

Robot Wars Live EventsEdit

The latest versions of the robot, Iron-Awe 5 and Iron-Awe 6, made their first appearances at the new Robot Wars live events in Colchester in April 2013. Both also fought at Widnes in May 2013 where Iron-Awe 6 got to the semi-final only to be beaten by the team's fellow robot Iron-Awe 5, which went on to win the event. Iron-Awe 6 was later retired, as its components became used in the new version of Ripper. Iron-Awe 7 was built to replace Iron-Awe 6, and now competes alongside Iron-Awe 5 at live events.

Iron-Awe 5 and Iron-Awe 7 both fought at the Robot Wars World Championship, held at Colchester in 2015. Iron-Awe 5 threw Tanto out of the arena in the first round, but still lost the resulting Judges' decision to Thor and Tiberius. Iron-Awe 7 performed better, throwing Weird mAlice out of the arena in the first round, a battle from which it qualified alongside Nuts when Meggamouse drove into the pit. Iron-Awe 7 lost in the second round via Judges' decision, as the winner of the battle, Manta, threw Dystopia out of the arena.

Both versions made their 2016 debuts in Manchester, where Iron-Awe 5 won a melee, flipping Cherub out of the arena, while Iron-Awe 7 competed in a tag team match, immobilising Ceros before breaking down itself, Iron-Awe's team losing the battle altogether due to Crushtacean breaking down.

Although the earlier incarnations had relatively little success, the team's later robots, most notably Iron-Awe 5, have risen to UK fame, winning the 2008 and 2010 UK Championships.

Iron Awe 3
Iron-Awe 3

While it was initially meant to have a front-hinged flipper, Iron-Awe 3 was then hastily revised to have a rear-hinged flipper after the front-hinged flipper was found to be not powerful enough. Built in 2004, it featured rolled edges on the flipper. Team Iron-Awe 3 did well with this version finishing runner-up in the Roaming Robots 2006 Winter Tour to Behemoth and also winning the Robot Rumble 2007. It was sold to Team Wind Power in 2007, under Team Windpower, it was renamed L and then White Knight. In April 2016, White Knight was sold again, this time to Team Shock who have renamed it Earthquake and competed with it at live Robot Wars and Robots Live! events, throwing Behemoth out of the arena in one battle.

IA4
Iron-Awe 4

In 2005, Iron-Awe 2.1 was deemed pretty worn out and was rebuilt into Iron-Awe 4. Iron-Awe 4 was smaller than Iron-Awe 2.1 but still armed with a flipper and an axe. It was sold to Team Orr and renamed Orrion in 2009 to replace Team Orr's retired heavyweight, Golden Eye. It competed in two events in 2009- Robots Live! and the UK Championship of that year, but has not competed since.

Iron-Awe 5
Iron-Awe 5

Iron-Awe 5 was built in 2006 following the success of Iron-Awe 3. Iron-Awe 5 featured a modular construction to make it easy to repair, and became notable for using its powerful flipper to throw five robots out of the arena in a single battle. Iron-Awe 5 won the 2008 and 2010 UK Championships, becoming the third robot to reclaim the UK title after Chaos 2 and Terrorhurtz, as well as receiving a spot in The Combat Robot Hall of Fame in 2009.

2007 UK ChampionshipsEdit

Iron-Awe 5 had been signed up for its first UK Championship in 2007 where it did very well for a newcomer from start to finish. In its pod, it had TillyEwe 2 and the team's own Iron-Awe 3. It won both of the fights by flipping its opponnents out of the arena meaning it earned enough points to go through to the finals. In round 1 of the finals, it met Big Nipper but Iron-Awe 5's motor failed meaning it had to go into the loser's melee with Tiberius 4. It threw Tiberius 4 around the arena until eventually it was immobilised so Iron-Awe 5 was back in the competition. In the quarter-finals it met reigning champion Turbulence who lost its title after Iron-Awe 5 flipped it around the arena until it died. Iron-Awe 5 then met Big Nipper again in the semi-finals but again its motor failed and it ended up in the pit meaning it had to fight for 3rd place in the play-off. Iron-Awe 5 fought Dantomkia in the play-off where Iron-Awe 5 held its own before flipping the 2006 Annihilator Champion out of the arena to claim 3rd place

2007 Winter TourEdit

Iron-Awe 5 came back for the Winter Tour where it took part in 2 competition fights at Doncaster. The first was a 4-way melee with The Saint,Scorpion & Ripper. Scorpion ended up in the pit but it showed more aggression over Ripper and Saint which enabled it to win the judges decision. In the next fight it took on Tiberius 4 where it just threw it into Gripper and left it stacked against the back end giving Iron-Awe 5 all the points it needed to qualify for the finals at Nottingham. In round 1 of the finals, it fought Envy who got thrown around the arena before eventually getting thrown out of it. The semi-final battle with Beast was evenly balanced until Iron-Awe 5 hit Beast with a big flip sending it over the fence and out. The grand-final with Kan-Opener was also very even with Kan-Opener managing to get its claw inside Iron-Awe 5 a few times and Iron-Awe 5 managing to flip Kan-Opener around the arena. It looked as though Kan-Opener would be winning until Iron-Awe 5 flipped the 2 times annihilator champion against the arena wall and threw it over claiming the Winter Tour 2007 Championship title.

2008 UK ChampionshipsEdit

Iron-Awe 5 came back for the 2008 UK Championships as the 3rd seed and had been given automatic qualification into the finals where in round 1, it met the 2nd seed Terrorhurtz. For the fight, Iron-Awe 5 had been fitted with a rubber-mounted slab of plastic to absorb the shocks of the axe blows hammering down on Iron-Awe. The fight started evenly with Terrorhurtz hammering Iron-Awe 5 and with Iron-Awe 5 flipping Terrorhurtz around the arena. Eventually, Iron-Awe 5 got Terrorhurtz out the arena and went through. Next in the quarter-finals, it met Hortron, the fight was over very quickly as Iron-Awe 5 managed to get behind Hortron and flip it out the arena. The semi-final battle was up against top seed Big Nipper who had beaten Iron-Awe 5 twice on its way to winning the title the pervious year, the fight had to be resumed after the pit collapsed when Iron-Awe 5 was on top of it even though the button hadn't been pressed. In the rematch, Iron-Awe 5 threw Big nipper around the arena, at one point it got balanced on the edge of the wall where it bounced back down and continued fighting. Eventually, Big Nipper drove down the pit and Iron-Awe 5 went through to the grand-final where it met Dantomkia who it beat in the play-off the previous year. The fight went Dantomkia's way to start off with as it flipped Iron-Awe 5 over who managed to recover easilly. Fortunatly Dantomkia's safety link had popped out and Iron-Awe 5 took advantage of this by throwing Dantomkia out of the arena and also claimed the 2008 UK Championship trophy.

2008 Winter TourEdit

Iron-Awe 5 came back for the Winter Tour 2008 as the defending champion and crowd favourite and after winning the UK Championships. It beat Weird Alice 2 in its qualifier match at Nottingham which allowed it entry into the finals at Maidstone. In round 1 it defeated Ripper Evo by throwing it out the arena and also won the quarter-final fight against Tilly Evo after it had immobilised itself with one flip. Next it fought Terrorhurtz who it had beaten back at the UK Championships, this time though, Terrorhurtz managed to knock the shock-absorber off Iron-Awe 5's flipper and something stopped its own flipper from going fully down to the ground. The fight ended with Iron-Awe 5 in the pit and having lost its title in the 2008 Winter Tour.

2009 UK ChampionshipsEdit

After winning the previous year, Iron-Awe 5 was the top seed for the year-long 2009 UK Championships. Its first qualifier match at Cardiff was quite one-sided against Cabrakan, it threw Cabrakan around the arena, into Major Damage and eventually, Cabrakan drove down the pit meaning Iron-Awe 5 had won points. Next at the Robot rumble in Brentwood, it was in a 3-way melee with the team's own Iron-Awe 6 and Ripper Evo. Iron-Awe 5 won the fight after ganging up on Ripper Evo and being the more aggressive over Iron-Awe 6. Next at Guildford it met Terrorhurtz it lost to on aggression but it did win its next fight at Portsmouth against Ripper Evo, Thor & SMIDSY. It had to retire from its next qualifier match against Terrorhurtz & Hydra at Maidstone as it had suffered from mechanical problems, but it had earned enough points anyway and was through to the finals at Wigan. In the first round, it had Big Nipper, Ripper Evo & Meggamouse, it did well getting flips on the other 3 robots but Iron-Awe 5 was ganged up on and shoved into the pit elliminated.

2010 UK ChampionshipsEdit

Iron-Awe 5 became one of the 27 robots signed up for the 2010 UK Championships and was also seeded 7th, it won its first qualifier match at Barnsley against Dantomkia easilly as it had to dump all its gas making it overweight. Iron-Awe 5 flipped it over were it couldn't self-right and was thrown out of the arena. It next fought Puck and Tiberius 4 and also beat them

In the Final it was able to beat Meggamouse and then took on Malestrom and won by flipping and blocking him onto its side. In the grand-final it met Ripper Evo and the two of them flipped each other all over the arena before eventually Ripper ran out of gas so it couldn't self-right emulating Chaos 2 and Terrorhurtz such as one of the few robots to win 2 UK Chamiponships

2011 UK ChampionshipsEdit

Iron-Awe 5 was the Reigning Champion and No. 1 seed for 2011, and in it's Heat was drawn against Tough as Nails, Terminal Ferocity and the German robot Scott 2, who was unable to attend the event. Iron-Awe 5 began the title defence swiftly, by flipping Terminal Ferocity onto it's side, and then proceeding to flip TAN around the arena, and finally over the side wall, then completing the fight by desposing of Terminal Ferocity the same way. In Round 2, Iron-Awe 5 fought against Thor, Merlin & Scorpion, and quickly threw Thor out of the arena, and then Merlin pitted Scorpion just as Scorpion was about to pit Iron-Awe 5, allowing Merlin and Iron Awe to go through, and then meet again in the Quarter Finals. Iron-Awe flipped Merlin constantly, and then Merlin ran out of gas and couldn't self-right. It is invertiable though, and contunued regardless until the end of the battle, with the Judge going in favour of Iron-Awe 5. In the Semi-Finals, Iron Awe 5 met Ripper, and despite putting up a good fight, it was knocked out on a judges decision as Ripper never left it alone and flipped it over continually. In the Playoff, Iron-Awe met Thor, who conked out after just one flip, allowing Iron-Awe 5 to claim 3rd place in 2011.

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IronAwe 6
Iron-Awe 6

After the success of Iron-Awe 5 in 2007/8, the team built Iron-Awe 6. It featured the same modular construction as before and had rolled edges like the ones on Iron-Awe 3 for extra strength. Iron Awe 6 was originally painted yellow like its predecessor, but was soon re-painted red like Axe-Awe, presumably to avoid confusion with its predeccesor. In the five years since being built, Iron-Awe 6's flipper never ran out of CO2 in a battle. It managed to flip itself out of the arena during the 2011 UK Championship at the O2 Arena. In June 2013, Iron-Awe 6 was retired, and its internal components were used for the new Ripper. Iron-Awe 6 was repainted yellow and silver and brought out of retirement to compete in Series 10 of Robot Wars.

Series 10 Edit

Iron-Awe 7

Iron-Awe 7 made its debut in July 2013 at the Robot Wars Live! Newport UK Championship. Iron-Awe 7 has a wide flipper, much like the new version of Ripper. Like all the other models of Iron-Awe, Iron-Awe 7 has a toothy grin and eyes decoration. It and Iron-Awe 5 usually compete at the same events.

ResultsEdit

Robot Series Event Round Opponent(s) Results
Iron-Awe UK Robot Wars

Series 4

Heat B Eliminator (23) Mortis

Mazakari

Qualified
Semi-Final (7) Steg 2 Lost
Celebrity Special

(Representing

Natalie Cassidy)

Eliminator Pussycat

(Adam Woodyatt)

Lost
Iron-Awe 2 UK Robot Wars

Series 6

Heat C Eliminator (5) Chaos 2

Destructosaur

Mighty Mouse

Eiminated
Robot Wars

Extreme 2

Challenge Belt 1 Barber-Ous

Terrorhurtz

Vader

Qualified
2 Dantomkia Lost
Iron-Awe 2.1 UK Robot Wars

Series 7

Heat O Eliminator DisConstructor

Hammerhead 2

Xenomorph

Qualified
Semi-Final (4) Bigger Brother Won
Final Typhoon 2 Lost
Special Event - Axe Attack Hydra

Kat 3

Won
Iron-Awe 6 UK Robot Wars

Series 10

Episode 4 Group

Battle

Tauron

The Kegs

Qualified
Semi-Final Concussion Lost
3rd Place Androne 4000 Won

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 7>
  • Losses: 6>

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