Freelance 3D modeller and games artist. Commenced my games industry career over 10 years ago, starting out at Warthog on the sci-fi FPS Mace Griffin: Bounty Hunter, and a space shooter of Battlestar Galactica. Most recently worked in house for Sumo Digital on a Tennis release for Sega, Virtua Tennis 2009 for PS3, Xbox 360 & the Wii, and I also worked on Sonic & Sega All-Star Racing. I have recently begun to teach 3D modelling and how that relates to games at several educational institutions including the University of Bolton on a part-time basis. Mod work includes development team leader, lore advice and modelling work for the Battlefield 2142 Star Wars themed mod First Strike.

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 10 2014, 7:37pm says:

I'm not sure, it emulates LAN, in that it fools the game into thinking it is a LAN game, but then works over the internet rather than a local network.

Here is a link to their website that explains all about it:

Gameranger.com

+1 vote   article: First Strike: A Year in Review 2014
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 10 2014, 10:46am says:

GameRanger is a facility which circumvents the need for the EA Master Server to be active to play multiplayer EA games, it basically emulates a LAN game if I understand it correctly. It works for BF2142, but there is no current workaround for mods of BF2142, so you can play BF2142 in some form via this, but not First Strike, Dnamro was in contact with the people with GameRanger at one point to see if they would continue their work on BF2142 to add more fidelity to the on-line experience for that game (not sure if the unlocks worked correctly in the last version I tested), and see if they could work specifically on getting First Strike to work, not sure if that went any further though.

+1 vote   article: First Strike: A Year in Review 2014
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 8 2014, 4:41pm says:

Well they will. Even at this early stage this blast door is already a working opening and closing door using simple node based scripts through Unreal 4's Blueprint facility.

+2 votes   media: Imperial Corridor WIP Unreal 4 Tests
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 8 2014, 11:15am says:

Hi Doyle_138, we're more talking about converting First Strike assets for use in the Unreal 4 Engine. Then we'll be collaborating with the Battlecry guys in developing something new and Star Wars flavoured within Unreal 4, hopefully we'll be able to do more than have First Strike assets in there, but also take some of the gameplay style which made First Strike so popular over there too.

+5 votes   article: First Strike: A Year in Review 2014
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 5 2014, 6:19am says:

That time of year again already? Damn these years are starting to fly by.

;)

+2 votes   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 1 2014, 9:27am replied:

Singleplayer mode only (obviously I guess since you're playing off-line), this is just to prevent the need to log in to the now non-existent EA Master Server. When it can't log on it'll ask if you want to play in off-line mode. Apparently you can do this without disconnecting from the internet in some cases, it just takes a few minutes for the game to realise that it can't connect, and then will give you the same option as above. There is also a default account you can get to work if you never had an active account back while the server was still up. There is a link to that somewhere around here too, but you might not need it. Just try off-line first and see what happens.

If you can't launch the mod directly, launch BF2142, and then get into First Strike via the Community tab.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 30 2014, 5:33am replied:

Short answer. Yes.

;)

+3 votes   article: October progress
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 29 2014, 12:37pm says:

Nice update. Quite jealous actually as Bespin is a map I was quite interested in developing once upon a time. I'll have to find some spare time so I can actually make some active contributions to this part of the project.

Right, back to learning Unreal 4.

;)

+6 votes   article: October progress
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 26 2014, 9:23am replied:

As Dnamro has mentioned below, the cancellation of the EA Master Server makes things difficult as you need to log on to play. However there are ways around it. Disabling your internet to play is one. And as noted below, running BF2142 via Gameranger and then using the community tab to launch First Strike also works.

Here is a link which goes into more detail:

Forums.fsmod.com

+2 votes   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 3 2014, 6:41am replied:

Thanks for your comments and support Austen1000, nice to see you come over here and continue that support. With regards to bot support, you have to remember that even with First Strike the level of bot support that we enjoyed at the end didn't come till quite late in the day and well after the game had become well established and well rounded as a multiplayer experience. This is really a quite necessary way to go about it, as what use is solid bot support without an already solid and tried and tested gameplay experience for it to support? Only once we see how the game plays in multiplayer can we really see how best to make the bots perform for an immersive and believable singleplayer experience.

At these early stages many other issues will take priority such as the development of art assets, maps, coding and core gameplay concepts. Once these factors are taken care of to at least some decent level? Then bot support might come to the fore. That said, knowing Dnamro he is already tearing the Unreal 4 Engine apart looking into how to make some really cool bot support for the game. So be patient. Bot support might not be there from the get go, but it should be included at some point.

And with you mentioning that there will be no bot support in the new Star Wars: Battlefront, maybe that will be another key selling point for our game project which differentiates it from that game.

+3 votes   game: Star Wars: Battlecry
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 22 2014, 11:12am replied:

We did have a lightsaber in once for a pick up Jedi kit, this was originally out with the Bounty Hunter kit which we released for a limited time as a fun bonus. Since then we have found a place for the Bounty Hunter kit in the proper game, but the Jedi kit was just a bit of fun and wouldn't really fit in with the style of gameplay that First Strike is based around, so it was never seriously considered as a permanent addition.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 22 2014, 10:05am says:

Interesting times ahead. Looking forward to working with you guys.

+2 votes   article: First Strike team - Star Wars: Battlecry team merge!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 19 2014, 7:16pm replied:

No, the legal agreement regarding developing non-profit Star Wars related content prohibits us from using specific characters such as Vader, Luke & Han etc, but we are allowed to play in that general universe. Lightsabers and Jedi have never been an aspect we 're interested in anyway. With First Strike it is more about the grunts in the trenches, and the pilots and crew of the fleet. Plenty of other Star Wars games deal with Jedi and the other specifically named heroes.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 11 2014, 8:12pm replied:

Midgee, you should be able to play off-line when disconnected from the net, does it not then give you the option to play off-line? This doesn't require a log in and you should be able to get right in there with the option to use an off-line soldier. The go to multiplayer, select local and then choose co-op to gain access to the bot supported maps.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 11 2014, 3:11pm replied:

There will be no account, but it should switch to off-line mode and allow you to play with non-customised kits.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 10 2014, 8:41pm replied:

Yeah, was always a tricky proposition going with BF2142. The mod was originally for BF2, but when the walkers turned up in that game it became the natural choice, but the game's relatively low popularity did hurt us from the get go (I still rate BF2142 as one of the most underrated gaming gems out there, and one of the best Battlefield games).

With the space maps, you can't please everyone, but to be a truly all encompassing and complete Star Wars battle experience space combat had to be an element of the mod, and I feel was something that made the mod truly unique. How many other games have you go from running around as infantry right up to commanding huge battle cruisers? Or defending moon sized space stations via starfighters or turbolaser towers?

The game is very diverse, and that is a big plus to my mind. Sure everyone might not like space, but there are certainly those who do. It is akin to BF2 where some people prefer infantry only maps, which is fair enough, but we have more to offer than that, maps to cater to all tastes.

+3 votes   article: Big Shake-up with the First Strike Team
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 10 2014, 4:33pm replied:

We are considering all options, which is all we can say at the moment.

+4 votes   article: Big Shake-up with the First Strike Team
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 10 2014, 12:54pm replied:

You can go into off-line mode which should allow you to play co-op and singleplayer. The lack of the EA Master server does mean no multiplayer at the moment unfortunately.

Some mods have managed to bypass this problem for BF2, but BF2142 handles the account log in slightly differently, which means we can't use that code for our mod with some tweaking.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 10 2014, 12:44pm says:

All of those to be honest, we're leaning towards one of those in particular, but need to do a bit more research into the logistics of using it to see if it is the engine for us.

+1 vote   article: Big Shake-up with the First Strike Team
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 10 2014, 8:37am replied:

There are a few issues with BF2, some technical limitations which hampered our development of Walkers. With BF2142 actually featuring Walkers it made it much easier to develop our walkers in that version of the BF engine.

+3 votes   article: Big Shake-up with the First Strike Team
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 10 2014, 8:33am replied:

Fair comment, but we had our reasons. We were only planning on a few more releases before calling it a day, and with only a skeleton crew Dev team porting to another game didn't seem like a viable option. Plus you have the additional factor of finding a more recent engine versatile enough and capable of doing what we need of it. Remember we're talking infantry scraps, walkers and other vehicles, plus vast space battles all in one package, which is a big ask. The hope is the promise of a new engine will draw in more people hoping to play it, and excite potential developers enough to join the cause and help out. We've got a few engines we're looking into. So could be exciting times ahead. We'll have to see how this goes.

+5 votes   article: Big Shake-up with the First Strike Team
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 10 2014, 4:09am replied:

That's the problem we're having to deal with. Unlike BF2, BF2142 never made it to Steam, digital copies were only ever available through Origin, so once EA dropped their support for it and stopped selling it, they have effectively taken it off the market. The only way you can buy BF2142 now is through second hand resellers, which sucks for us big time.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 27 2014, 2:42pm says:

Thanks guys, hopefully we'll get things sorted soon, seem to be a few viable solutions out there.

+2 votes   article: Hoth Preview: Echo Base 2
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 26 2014, 11:59am replied:

Glad you got it sorted.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 21 2014, 10:42am replied:

Yeah, I don't think they're compatible since it got integrated into the official mod properly. Most of the maps from that are now in the mod as the singleplayer portion, plus the AI support is much improved since the SP Minimod. If you have First Strike 1.6 you should be able to play singleplayer, you just have to do it off-line due to issues with the EA Master Server closing down, as mentioned in the latest news update.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 20 2014, 3:18pm replied:

You'd have to ask Dnamro about that, but I think that disappeared when it officially became part of the mod proper as co-op/singleplayer support. Though I think it might still be available somewhere as there were a few maps that we didn't feel were appropriate to officially add to the mod.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 20 2014, 2:49am replied:

Thanks for the kind words and support.

+4 votes   article: EA Master Server Finally Down
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 17 2014, 8:05am replied:

Not any more it's not.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 13 2014, 7:51pm says:

Flat arrows with a bit of trickery in Photoshop for one, and with the circular ring like one, just a bit of lateral thinking, and a bit more jiggery pokery in Photoshop.

+1 vote   media: First Strike Storyboards
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 13 2014, 7:41pm replied:

Cheers. iRay is this cool renderer which takes your self illuminated materials and turns them into light sources. So The scene above has no lights in it, all the light is coming from the light details on the mesh. Very cool, and prevents the need for fudging it with lights around your scene to make it look like there is light coming from the supposed light sources in your scene.

+1 vote   media: Imperial Hangar
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 9 2014, 4:34pm says:

Dathomir Prison Break is coming on nicely guys, and looking on track for a release this weekend. Let's make sure we get a load of people on so we can play the hell out of this interesting new map. Should be a lot of fun.

+1 vote   article: First Strike: Blastfest Event 2
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 29 2014, 2:34pm says:

Games on again tonight. See you on-line for some games shortly.

+1 vote   media: First Strike: Blastfest Event
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 29 2014, 1:10pm says:

A shame there weren't more people on last night, I'd have expected better numbers than what we apparently got. Hopefully we can better that turnout tonight, I'll be on later, so see you in about 2 hours.

+1 vote   article: First Strike: Blastfest Event
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 8 2014, 7:40pm says:

Sorry you feel the new launcher looks bland, yeah it isn't as pretty as the old one, but with this one we were going more for the functionality and technical improvements rather than aesthetics. Technically this thing is much better and should make running the mod and installing updates much smoother.

+4 votes   download: New First Strike Launcher Installer
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 7 2014, 12:00pm says:

v1.6 Changelog added.

+2 votes   article: First Strike 1.6 Released!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 2 2014, 7:27am replied:

Perhaps you need to update it? Or have the no Cd issue? A number or reasons it could be. Check our forums for links to lots of useful stuff such as the correct final patch for BF2142, there were a surprising number of them.

+1 vote   article: Prepare to be Boarded
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 24 2013, 6:54pm says:

Merry Christmas to you too, we'll get it to you soon enough.

+1 vote   article: First Strike 1.6 Delayed
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 18 2013, 1:30pm says:

An interesting looking effect, but I don't think it is quite there yet, and needs a little more fine tuning, as others have noted, it looks a little weird to have a ship destroying explosion result in a debris field that looks almost exactly the same shape as the ship that was just destroyed. That would be a nice starting point perhaps, but then you'd want that debris field to expand and disperse with force as you'd expect from an explosion. It might also be nice to have larger recognizable ship specific chunks among the more generic debris, a booster here, a conning tower there, if you know what I mean.

+1 vote   media: Dynamic/Persistent Wrecks
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 8 2013, 7:09am says:

Excellent. Have been following this for a long time and it never fails to impress. Have any previous official Star Trek games featured saucer separation? That could be a very sweet additional layer to the gameplay of this project, and will certainly look impressive when you first see that happening in game.

+2 votes   media: Channel Teaser - An Introduction To Excalibur
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 11 2013, 7:37am says:

It is Lord Starkiller, believe me, especially with a high volume of players. The 64 player version for example adds some of the capital ships featured in Battle of Taloraan into the mix. Check out the video section for footage of Escape From Hoth and some of our other maps in action.

Thanks for the compliments on the stories, they're doing their job then. They're based in part on the background fictions for the maps in question, but also on actual events which have occurred in the rounds played. I for example was the demolitions trooper on the Bestine blowing up Rebel Freerunners. It just helps to illustrate how much fun the game is and the exciting possibilities offered up by the gameplay. All being well it should encourage more people to give it a try.

Additionally if you like the stories you can find more examples on the First Strike forums, some by myself and others by FSDev Twigs who has written some absolute corkers that are well worth a read.

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign 2: Round 6 Results
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 23 2013, 10:12am replied:

Worry not, you're not a Noob. I just logged out and tried to log in with an incorrect password, and it gave me a message that you must contact an administrator. So that board must not have the automated lost password functionality built in. The administrator for that site will be back in a few days and he can sort you out. Sorry about the delay.

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign 2: Round 1 Results
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 22 2013, 8:28am replied:

If you know the email it was registered under and the user name, can't you just ask for a password prompt to be sent to your email for the existing account?

Try this first, and if you still have problems I'll ask our webmaster for that forum to delete the account. He's away on holiday now, but will be back soon.

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign 2: Round 1 Results
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 20 2013, 5:46am replied:

Will see what we can do. The guy in charge of that site is currently away on holiday, but when he gets back I'll get him to look into this for you.

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign 2: Round 1 Results
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 23 2013, 1:28pm replied:

I'm with you there, big epic space battles (essentially X-Wing) done with next gen graphics, a good mix of close quarters city or cap ship interior based battles and wide open battlefields such as Hoth and Endor. I'm just buzzing at the thought of that gritty Battlefield feel being applied to the Star Wars universe, which is what First Strike was all about achieving. If they take one thing from First Strike I'd like it to be Withering Fire, the game mechanic by which all battlefield assets are susceptible on some level to any and all weapons fire. So you don't feel you have to run away if you come face to face with a tank if you don't have the correct kit to effectively take it on, so even a hand pistol will do some damage, not a lot obviously, but if there are a load of you all firing pistols at that target? I think that was one of the strongest design decisions made on FS which really defined the gameplay and resulted in players working more readily as a team together to take down superior foes. It would be nice to see something along those lines make it into the new SW:BF.

+1 vote   article: Star Wars Battlefront Celebration Weekender!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 22 2013, 7:39pm says:

So in conjunction with The First Strike Star Wars Battlefront Celebration Weekender let's hear what you'd like to see from a new SW: Battlefront now in the trustworthy hands of DICE. Gameplay of a similar style to the original SW:BF? Something more like DICE's current gameplay style from the Battlefield series? Heck, maybe you'd like to see some of the gameplay mechanics or other elements utilised in First Strike make an appearance? Or perhaps you're after something totally fresh and new? Let's hear what you think.

+1 vote   article: Star Wars Battlefront Celebration Weekender!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 24 2013, 11:28am says:

They too shall have their day my friend.

; )

Catch up with you all tonight for a few games.

+1 vote   article: First Strike Features in SFX Magazine Special!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 3 2013, 5:19pm says:

Nice, really liking that Rebel Pilot mesh, great work.

+6 votes   article: February update - slightly delayed, but still awesome!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 12 2013, 9:14pm says:

You bet your Sith we can!

;)

+1 vote   media: FS Campaign Galaxy Map 04
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 26 2013, 1:19pm replied:

Hi Rocknroll237, sure we could do something along those lines. We have had good relations with other Star Wars mods even going so far as to share some starship meshes with TOW:Freeworlds, so yeah we could look at doing something, get in touch and we can discuss this further.

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign: Round 4 Results
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 4 2012, 4:57pm replied:

Heh, happy memories, well of the first one at least.

; )

+1 vote   media: FS Campaign Galaxy Map
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 1 2012, 3:57pm says:

Heheh, have been a few of these, nice.

+2 votes   media: Star Wars: A New Hope - Remastered Disney Edition
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 11 2012, 3:11pm says:

Nice, really liked the look and feel of that. Perfectly captured that Manga and Star Wars vibe.

+1 vote   media: Star Wars Anime
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 17 2012, 3:40pm says:

Nice, looking good.

+1 vote   media: baby_tooth
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 16 2012, 12:02pm says:

Okay, the time is now 5pm, so the event will be starting 3 hours from the time of this post, see you then, and don't forget to jump on to the BI Teamspeak server for a chat and for info on the rules for the specially themed rounds.

See you in 3.

+1 vote   article: The Black Intel Farewell Gaming Event
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 10 2012, 3:14pm says:

Yeah, this is just the end of Black Intel's support of First Strike with their server, there are still other servers out there though.

+2 votes   media: The Black Intel Farewell Gaming Event
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 9 2012, 10:14am says:

Are you loading it from Desura or from an original source?

+1 vote   article: First Strike Statistic Rankings Awards 2012
TALON_UK
TALON_UK May 7 2012, 6:33am says:

Nice, really excellent atmospheric effects there, and how dense was that asteroid field?

Great work.

+2 votes   media: Excalibur | Dead in Space
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Apr 27 2012, 5:05am replied:

I don't want to derail this thread, but I will just briefly defend the mod here. Sure there were bugs in the early days but the majority of these were addressed in a timely fashion, and even the trickier ones are long gone now.

With regards to unique features there are many including fully integrated combined arms maps, cracking space maps and many vehicles not seen in other Star Wars mods such as the impressive Sentinel and Sandcrawler, solid co-op and singleplayer features. I think that First Strike has a lot going for it to be honest, and yes the community isn't what it once was, but we do arrange events to help players get the chance to have a full and rich multiplayer experience with the mod.

That's all I'll say on the subject here. Now back to your scheduled thread.

+3 votes   media: X-Wing Updated Textures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Apr 26 2012, 4:55am says:

Heh, thought it looked familiar.

;p

Like what you guys have done with it, and the mod in general looks great. Keep it up guys.

+2 votes   media: X-Wing Updated Textures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 21 2012, 8:48am says:

Nice, just needs slightly subtler bump/normal mapping on that world, but looks great.

+1 vote   media: Kuat 2.0
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 21 2012, 8:46am says:

Looking good. Maybe the night time lighting of the heavily populated areas could be a little subtler, but still a great overall effect, very moody and atmospheric. Grand job.

+1 vote   media: Kuat 2.0
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 29 2012, 3:55pm says:

Thanks.

This is at the moment a relatively high poly model, it is yet to be optimised for in game use. I've yet to decide whether I'll drop the level of detail down that much yet, will depend on how the optimisation goes. At the moment all the detail you see there is geometry as the texture maps have yet to be applied.

With the power of PCs nowadays compared with where we were at when BF2142 came out a few years ago, we can throw a lot more polys at assets such as this weapon, so though this would have been considered a little too high poly for BF2142, I may not need to shave that much off of this to make it a viable in game weapon.

I have no other pictures of this weapon, such as wireframes published at the moment, but once I've optimised it I'll post a wireframe version for you.

+1 vote   article: EE-3 Blaster Carbine WIP
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 4 2012, 4:43pm says:

Bit of a let down tonight, hope to see more people on for Saturday's final holiday event.

+2 votes   article: Black Intel First Strike Events
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 19 2011, 11:29am says:

There are a few different shots of people getting taken out. I got shot down in one shot, but in another I'm the one doing the shooting and take out a Snowspeeder (only fair). I think I'm the one who takes out that speeder at the end of the movie.

; )

If you're talking about the still shot above, that is the Snowspeeder's own guns firing.

+2 votes   media: Hoth Preview 2
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 19 2011, 2:29am says:

Impressive, most impressive.

I think the planet itself looks perhaps a little too bright and should be darkened more to look like the ocean areas of the Earth when seen from space, but other than that this looks just perfect.

Keep up the fantastic work guys.

+3 votes   media: Mon Calamari Shipyards
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2011, 8:27am says:

No, this is in 3DS Max, though the materials etc are as they'll be in game, so it is a pretty good approximation.

+1 vote   media: Hoth Preview
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 9 2011, 4:07am says:

Try the one in the 1.55 Release article that is imbedded via Youtube and might work better for you.

+2 votes   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Video
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 5 2011, 10:02am says:

Glad you're enjoying it guys, yeah, the AI is pretty well rounded now, much more capable of navigating the maps in interesting ways (You'll know what I mean by that when all of a sudden in a firefight you found that you've been outflanked by a bunch of bots ;D ), and the addition of greater bot functionality with their use of kit really raises the bar.

And yes, if you liked SW:BF2 you should enjoy our mod, but as Joshino says, we're a bit more tactical and rough and ready than that game, with an aim for more realism (which sounds a little daft when said in relation to a Star Wars game, but it makes a big difference in tone and gameplay), think of us as the missing link between SW:BF and the classic Battlefield games and you're pretty much there.

+2 votes   article: First Strike 1.55 Released!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 3 2011, 2:47am says:

Really great work guys, a very intricately detailed asset, nice job.

+2 votes   media: Pirate Asteroid - Normal and Specular Mapping
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 23 2011, 6:03am says:

Nice, have not seen this ship since the old Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, you've done a good interpretation of the design here, nice to see it so well realised in 3D, great job as always.

+2 votes   media: Marauder Class Corvette
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 21 2011, 8:52pm says:

Not long now chaps.

+3 votes   article: First Strike Version 1.55 Coming Soon!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 21 2011, 8:36pm says:

No we won't be doing that, I think we may have discussed this before, fighters are so small relative to the space environment that you'd have trouble spotting a whole one floating aimlessly in space, never mind debris parts of one. You literally wouldn't see it until you were right on top of it, and then if you blinked you'd miss it at the speed you're travelling, so it really wouldn't be worth it.

Now space hulks and debris from destroyed capital ships? That is a different matter, and we've been working towards some really nice debris fields as a result from extended capital ship warfare. A good round of Taloraan for instance should look like a proper starship graveyard by the time you're done.

+2 votes   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 21 2011, 3:34am says:

Very nice job, cracking little ship.

+2 votes   media: Liberator-class Carrier
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 5 2011, 3:31am says:

Well like First Strike already has actually, with the FX-7 medical droid as a static health replenishment point as we currently already have in the mod. With 2-1B we'll perhaps look at some way to differentiate between the way both droids heal you, perhaps adding some additional bonus to the effects on the newer (to the mod at least) 2-1B surgical droid.

+1 vote   media: Hoth Summer Update
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 31 2011, 7:38pm says:

Great games tonight, thanks to everyone who came and took part. A really epic set of battles to finish off on. Even if Jundland bugged and wouldn't allow us (Imperials) to cap the Sandcrawler, just made it all the more to play for, just on tickets and kills alone, no bleed. We'll get up a full news report early in the week.

Great games all. Was a lot of fun.

+1 vote   article: NIC Campaign Battle 6 Rebel Perspective Video
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TALON_UK Jul 28 2011, 2:35pm says:

Remember this coming weekend is the Grand Finale of this First Strike Campaign. If you're already registered over at NIC don't forget to sign up for this final battle. The more players on there the more epic we can make this conclusion, and with 16 player Bestine, 64 player Jundland Wastes and 32 player Strike at Parmel (the votes are now in for the final space map), epic is exactly what we're going get this weekend.

See you out there.

+1 vote   article: NIC Campaign Battle 6
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 13 2011, 6:16pm says:

Thanks, we do try to get things as lore accurate as we can.

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TALON_UK Jul 13 2011, 8:10am says:

Aye, some good games for sure. These sort of organised matches are an ideal way to get introduced to the mod, be sure to check it out.

+1 vote   article: NIC Campaign Battle 5
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TALON_UK Jul 5 2011, 5:37am says:

Regular updates are here to keep people appraised of the situation over the length of the campaign, and the added exposure does seem to be drawing more and more new people to the mod. With most people complaining that there are not enough people to play with? This seems like an elegant solution. This week's match saw over 30 players participating and the numbers just get larger every week.

Get in there and join the fun.

+2 votes   article: NIC Campaign Battle 4
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TALON_UK Jun 23 2011, 7:45am says:

Bantha Fodder?

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TALON_UK Jun 21 2011, 1:09pm says:

Well you missed that one. Battle of Yavin was played in the first week's round of battles, but it could get voted for again as there are two space round slots that can be voted for by campaign members towards the end of the event. Was a thrilling round of Escape from Hoth last week.

There is plenty still to go in space and on the ground, so get signed up for some cracking First Strike Campaign action.

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TALON_UK Jun 6 2011, 5:31am says:

Was that the weekend just gone or next weekend? Because this weekend was just registration, the 12th is the date of the first round of campaign matches.

Hopefully see you there.

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TALON_UK Mar 7 2011, 11:53am says:

Pretty sweet when you drop a few Warbirds and Federation starships in there and watch them duke it out. Who will come out on top?

Heh, and it's also good to check the beauty pass shots of the vessels to check them out, really look good in the engine. Though one error I noticed was the bump/normal mapping on the moon, need to reverse the effect as the craters on the surface look more like bubbles rising up rather than sinking into the surface as craters should. Other than that? Looks great.

+1 vote   article: NanoFX Graphics Renderer 1.7 Preview
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TALON_UK Mar 6 2011, 5:34pm says:

Heh, nice.

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TALON_UK Mar 6 2011, 3:28pm says:

Bird of Prey is one of my fave Star Trek ship designs, and you've done a great job of it here, you've really done it justice.

Great work.

+1 vote   media: Klingon Birds-of-Prey
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TALON_UK Feb 4 2011, 5:34pm says:

Basically it'll replace the standard Imperial Officer mesh on Hoth.

+1 vote   article: The AT-AT Commander
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TALON_UK Feb 4 2011, 12:24pm says:

Cool design, me likey.

+1 vote   media: Picture of the Week 0018 - Week 4 January 2011
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TALON_UK Feb 4 2011, 12:23pm says:

Nice work, loving the woven armour texture.

+1 vote   media: Picture of the Week 0019 - Week 5 February 2011
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TALON_UK Feb 3 2011, 1:41pm says:

Maximum Firepower indeed. Thanks for the kind words, article to come shortly.

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TALON_UK Jan 22 2011, 2:04pm says:

They're bringing out another one next month with exclusive Proximity Mines and a Portable Shield Generator.

; P

+1 vote   media: Star Wars First Strike Sandtrooper Action Figure
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TALON_UK Jan 8 2011, 7:41am says:

Teamspeak 3 server details for this event have now been updated in the article above.

+1 vote   article: Nations in Conflict First Strike Event
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TALON_UK Dec 30 2010, 9:28am says:

Well I'm glad it....smells right.

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TALON_UK Dec 19 2010, 2:27pm says:

Very nice, one of my fave Trek ships too. Keep up the great work guys looking forward to seeing this.

+1 vote   article: U.S.S. Defiant - Graphical Highlights
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TALON_UK Nov 18 2010, 8:42pm says:

Well from what I can tell it is going to be a gaming night free for anyone to come and attend and it will be a chance to introduce the mod to a lot of new players such as the community that Forgotten Honor brings with it. This should result in a nice highly populated server with new and old players alike giving people a good opportunity to experience the mod with large numbers of players.

+1 vote   article: Forgotten Honor First Strike Event
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 16 2010, 7:10pm says:

Nice to see a summary of all that has gone on this year, some very cool gameplay videos there, good stuff.

Best of luck, you've got my vote.

+2 votes   article: Mod of the Year Awards: Year in Review (Part 1)
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TALON_UK Oct 23 2010, 3:13pm says:

Should be kicking off any time now. See you out there.

+1 vote   article: Community Games Reminder
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TALON_UK Sep 22 2010, 11:37am says:

Check out our Client Support forums here:

Forums.fsmod.com

Give them a more detailed account of what your problem is and someone should be able to help you. Most people can launch it straight away without issue, but sometimes with different systems (Vista and Windows 7 being major culprits) there are sometimes little tweaks that have to be made to allow it to run correctly. Our guys with more techie heads than mine should be able to sort you out.

+1 vote   article: 1.5 Release Review: Part Two
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TALON_UK Sep 9 2010, 3:18am replied:

Strange, try downloading it from a different mirror. If you're just getting the message that says the software can not be validated by Microsoft or whatever, you always get that with unofficial software, just download it and it'll be fine.

+3 votes   download: First Strike 1.5 Full Installer
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 1 2010, 5:07am says:

Nice update. Once again, loving that Corellian Partol Craft design, looking forward to seeing the finished model. Keep up the good work.

+3 votes   article: New models and new effects!
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TALON_UK Aug 28 2010, 7:43am replied:

Head over to our forums Falleen9 and check out our Client Support Boards:

Forums.fsmod.com

Someone might have heard of your problem there and have a fix for it, have to admit that one is a new one to me.

Hope everyone else is having fun, and I'll see you all out there.

+2 votes   article: First Strike 1.5 Released!
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TALON_UK Aug 19 2010, 1:27pm says:

Hmmm, I agree it looks a little short to me. I also think the upper barrel needs to be fatter, but I'm totally going off memory here and could be wrong.

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TALON_UK Aug 14 2010, 6:59pm says:

Heh, well with the space maps we're more going with a X-Wing for the 21st century feel.

; )

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Apr 3 2010, 6:39am says:

Hi guys, what is the address of the server you'll be using for First Strike tonight?

+1 vote   article: Gaming Events for April 3rd and 4th
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TALON_UK Jan 4 2010, 10:40pm says:

Aye, it sure does bring back fond memories. The one I was partial to was the latter one that came out with Return of the Jedi, the Forest Ranger Mini Rig whuch was kinda like a speeder with gyroscopically balanced cockpit, was pretty cool at the time.

We try and keep our vehicle lore source material to just the movies as much as possible, but every now and then something fun like this pops up and you have to go...

'Why the hell not? It's so cute after all.'

; )

+2 votes   article: Introducing the MLC-3
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TALON_UK Jan 25 2009, 8:14am says:

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement guys. We all work really hard on First Strike and we hope to see it soar, we've just got to get more people out there playing it, so spread the word guys.

+1 vote   article: First Strike Makes Top 100 Mods of 2008
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