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A Big Hairy Spider

A new, terrifying player has emerged in Lego Battle Bugs. The Spiderbot Forward Command Bug. This large mech is biomechanical in it's construction. It is made of both organic tissue, and mechanical parts.


It's body is covered in thousands of hairlike growths. They serve two functions. Firstly they mask the Spiderbot's EM signature, making it appear to sensors as biological rather than technological in nature. This hides it from enemy radar and both passive and active sensors. Secondly these hairs are actually part of an integrated network of antenna allowing it to monitor enemy frequencies, and co-ordinate with the forces under it's command. The Spiderbot itself is one massive communication array. The esoteric nature of it's form makes it extremely difficult for enemies to triangulate the location of it's broadcasts.


The bulk of the Spiderbot's body is taken up with massive tactical and encryption/decryption computers, however it is not entirely defenseless. It is quick, agile, and strong in melee combat, and it is armed with a number of heavy yield corrosive warhead missiles. It also carries a squad of robotic infantry.


Lastly it's very appearance was designed to instill a primal fear in it's opponents. Many humans, as well as other species have an almost instinctual fear of spiders, and it's robotic creators understand this. While it's basic mission profile is one of indirect combat through stealth and coordinated tactics, it can also be used as a potent weapon of fear and awe.


EDIT: With the advent of the Tick Battle Bug, a software package is being developed for the Spiderbot which will allow the hairs on its outer surface to detect the intrusion of such robotic parasites.


The "Big Hairy Spider" was built for the Battlebugs Creepy Crawlers Build Challenge.


Battlebugs is returning to BrickCon in 2010, so be sure to bring your bugs!!!

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Taken on March 31, 2010