Swamp Thing has an
interesting history. I originally built a 120 pound middleweight
version of Swamp Thing. This was one of the first "show" bots I'd
built, which was more focused on being entertaining rather than
This was all mild steel,
lots of it scrap pieces. The basic idea was simple. As the robot
accelerated, the body would lean back which opened up the hinged jaw.
When decelerating, the body would slam forward shutting the "mouth".
The drivetrain was significantly quick that this opening and closing
action were loud and violent, making it look like the jaw was actuated
somehow. It was simply a hinged wedge, but the visuals were very
entertaining. As I said, it was built to entertain, not to win, but it
did manage to win more than a few matches, and I think it won every
rumble it was ever in. I think it had a good 15 minutes of battery
time, so it could go all out in a rumble!
I had stopped working with this robot a long time ago, but had the
frame sitting on the side of my garage for years! Recently when I moved
it finally made its way to the scrap yard, and it appeared as though
the Swamp Thing would never rise from the swamp again.
For the 2015 BattleBots
event, we ended up with a very short window to get robots built and
ready for the event. While I know I would be ready with Tombstone, I
was worried that, with the time frame involved, some of the
entrants simply wouldn't be ready in time. So we here at Team Hardcore
decided to bring an extra, just in case! Swamp Thing
This originally started out as a left over frame from our middleweight
robot Mortician. The large 3/8" AR400 wedge plate (and a 1/4" bottom
plate not seen in this pic) were then welded on. And to keep with the
theme, a row of teeth are across the top.
Attached to the wedge
plate are a pair of solid 1.5" thick steel bars. We painted them white
to look like fangs. The hole in the center of the wedge plate is where
the flame thrower is. That swamp gas is nasty stuff!
If you come from the swamp, you need a tail! This is made from 1"
sqaure mild steel tubing.
The mount for the tail
is actually an electromagnet. This gives us the tactical option to drop
the tail mid fight if needed.
The tail was lit up by LEDs, and the fins are lexan. It looked really
cool when completed! As you can see in this video, it was definitely
The final piece added was an overhead hammer. BattleBots required an
active weapon, and when this was first discussed the flame thrower was
considered an active weapon. Final rules called for something powered
and moving to be considered active, so we added the hammer.
We'll see what the future holds. I suspect that Swamp Thing will