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 Mar 6 2011, 3:25pm says:

Probably meant to be more Star Trek 3: The Search For Spock, or Star Trek 6 for that matter. They had Bird of Prey vs. Enterprise encounters.

; )

Very cool, and very classic. Nice job guys, though I always prefered the original darker colour scheme for the Bird of Prey over the brighter green paint job from the Next Gen versions.

+1 vote     media: Klingon Birds-of-Prey
TALON_UK Feb 27 2011, 3:50pm says:

Excellent work as always, that is one sweet looking ISD you've got there. Very good normal mapping job.

+1 vote     article: Imperial Star Destroyer normal map and other things nice
TALON_UK Feb 25 2011, 3:20pm replied:

Hoth will be a while off yet, but we are aiming to get it out sometime this year all being well. We've got 17 maps and the co-op/singleplayer functionality to keep you occupied until then. Plus some nice new community led event developments in the works. More news on that soon.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 25 2011, 3:17pm replied:

No need to make servers, the only change required is that the servers update to BF2142 1.51, the First Strike code stays the same. More of an issue is availability of Linux (which a lot of servers use) unranked server files for 1.51, but the links for these files are starting to surface now, so anyone running a First Strike/BF2142 server using Linux should now be able to update their server.

Runekn, what is it that doesn't download for you? The First Strike launcher update?

+1 vote     article: First Strike Now BF2142 v.1.51 Compatible
TALON_UK Feb 17 2011, 2:37pm replied:

Bobbing on at around 8pm GMT (in about half an hour from now)tonight to see how the 1.51 patch translates over to First Strike if anyone fancies joining me? The Rebel Defiance server has been updated to be compatible with BF2142 1.51.

Check the post below to see how to manually make your First Strike client BF2142 1.51 compatible and come on in. (also note that a new BF2142 1.51 client patch came out on the 15th to replace the original one that EA released last week which was faulty, so you'll have to reinstall and download the new version of 1.51 if you haven't already)

What will be of most interest will be the improved hit detection that 1.51 is supposed to include. And of course for most people the highlight will be the lack of a need to have the original BF2142 disc to make the game run, should bring a few more people to First Strike with any luck, especially if this means BF2142 will soon be made available on Steam.

See you out there.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 16 2011, 8:40am says:

Excellent job guys, following your work with great interest, plus DS9 was always my fave trek show.

; )

+1 vote     article: Galor Class vs Scorpion Fighters
TALON_UK Feb 15 2011, 3:38pm says:

Nice, very impressive what you've managed to do with the old girl (engine that is ;) ).

+1 vote     article: Normal and Specular Mapping comes to Freelancer
TALON_UK Feb 14 2011, 1:16pm says:

I have that issue of the Insider too, I thought it was named in the article? They probably won't have it in their catalogue for a while yet, I got the impression this wasn't going to be coming out till near the end of the year, though I could be wrong. Interestingly it looks like there will be two versions, one with an older looking Ewan McGregor portrait and one with a younger looking Alec Guinness likeness. Looks like either will be a great addition to anyone's Star Wars collection.

(Just checked and they mention the piece as Obi-Wan as Tatooine Desert Nomad, no idea if that will be the final name for the statue)

+1 vote     media: Obi-Wan Kenobi Sideshow
TALON_UK Feb 13 2011, 12:11pm replied:

If you're not interested in co-op don't worry, the co-op server also has conquest maps, basically there is a mix on this server so when people are waiting for reasonable numbers to join they have something to keep them occupied, then switch to the conquest maps.

Around 8pm GMT is a good time to check the servers for high populations on Saturday and Sunday nights, though you'll find people on occasionally on week nights at this time too.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 11 2011, 11:46am says:

Hi Admiral_Skeybar, this is not my work, but that of a fan of the Freerunner design variant used in the mod who asked me to send my files over to him (as mentioned in the above blog) so he could get the design Rapid Prototyped which is basically 3D printing.

He is now going through the process of sanding down the model and applying a primer to make it ready for painting.

+1 vote     article: New First Strike Model (not available in the shops)
TALON_UK Feb 9 2011, 11:48am says:

Excellent news, good to hear that Desura is ever expanding and going from strength to strength. Nice one.

+2 votes     article: Crysis mods get Desura support!
TALON_UK Feb 9 2011, 11:40am says:

Nice new Star Wars header.

+3 votes     group: Star Wars Fan Group
TALON_UK Feb 7 2011, 10:58am says:

Hmmm, not sure what your problem is there then, best bet is to head over to our forums and check out the client support forums: see if anything sounds like your problem over there, if not, post up a new thread with what your issues are, details of your PC spec etc, and someone can try and help you out.

Thanks for your kind words regarding the mod, we'll have more space maps in development soon, but are currently focusing on the Battle of Hoth.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 7 2011, 9:30am replied:

If you have already updated to the 1.51 version of BF2142 First Strike will not work with that until we release an update for it later in the week.

You need to currently have BF2142 1.5 to work with First Strike.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 6 2011, 3:27pm replied:

That will be done at the end of the week once the server side version has been fully integrated and we release a new build which has been fully tested and is compatible with BF2142 1.51. Then all the benefits of the new version of BF2142, including the lack of need for the cd check will carry over to our mod too.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 5 2011, 1:34pm says:

Bobbing on for a bit to get the server warmed up, will be on myself only for a short while for tonight, but will be about longer tomorrow. See you out there.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 4 2011, 6:06pm replied:

Cool, will hunt it down when it gets released on dvd.

+1 vote     group: Star Wars Fan Group
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
TALON_UK Feb 4 2011, 1:02pm says:

Very sweet looking game you've got there, very impressive. Nice job, you've certainly got a potential customer here.

+1 vote     article: Interstellar Marines Log Entry 016
TALON_UK Feb 4 2011, 12:50pm says:

Yeah, that is something we should definitely look at fixing, had my eyebrows singed in there a few times myself.

+1 vote     media: Lars Homestead
TALON_UK Feb 4 2011, 12:34pm replied:

Nope, just BF2142, look through our old news to find the installation instruction article which deals with most issues people may run into when installing, and lets you know which version of BF2142 you need etc.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 4 2011, 12:24pm says:

Cool design, me likey.

+1 vote     media: Picture of the Week 0018 - Week 4 January 2011
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
TALON_UK Feb 3 2011, 6:15pm says:

Aww bless.

Will have to send you a Wookiee Cookiee to make it up to you.

: )

Darnit, should've saved it for April Fool's Day!

; D

+3 votes     media: Star Wars First Strike Sandtrooper Action Figure
TALON_UK Feb 3 2011, 5:54pm replied:

Glad to hear you're enjoying the mod The_Darker_Side, I'm afraid it is pretty unlikely we'll be delving into the world of the Clone Wars however, we've still barely scratched the surface of the worlds and situations and battles of the Galactic Civil War yet. I think we pretty much have a full dance card with the original trilogy.

+3 votes     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK Feb 3 2011, 4:46pm replied: it.

+1 vote     group: Star Wars Fan Group
TALON_UK Feb 3 2011, 3:39pm says:

That would be the larger sizes of Null Sensor Station, in the forests and plains beneath the Mesa the Imperial installation is built on.

+1 vote     media: First Strike Patch 1.4
TALON_UK Feb 3 2011, 1:45pm replied:

Love it, much more so than the Family Guy Star Wars stuff which I've found quite disapointing since the 1st, though the latest one was at least a bit better than Something, something, Dark Side.

Haven't seen the 3rd SW Robot Chicken yet, looking forward.

+1 vote     group: Star Wars Fan Group
TALON_UK Feb 3 2011, 1:41pm says:

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

+1 vote     media: The AT-AT Commander
TALON_UK Feb 2 2011, 6:51am says:

Excellent work guys, most impressive. Loving your concept art, and that high poly pistolla is a cracking model. Nice job.

+1 vote     article: Picture of the Week
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