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 25 2010, 9:12am says:

Congrats to all who made the list, and well done to the FH2 Team, nice work guys.

+1 vote     article: Players Choice - Mod of the Year
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 24 2010, 7:17pm says:

Merry Christmas everyone.

+2 votes     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 24 2010, 5:44am says:

Congrats to all. PR: ArmA 2 does look pretty amazing, well deserved win guys.

+1 vote     article: Players Choice - Upcoming Modification
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 20 2010, 5:56am says:

Some beautiful renders here of some of my favorite Star Trek Starships, excellent work guys.

+2 votes     media: Constitution Refit renders
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 19 2010, 3:16pm says:

Never heard of it before, but looking at that video Dear Esther is a beautiful looking mod. Congrats guys, well deserved.

+3 votes     article: Editors Choice - Best Upcoming Mod
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 19 2010, 2:20pm says:

Just 40 minutes to go before we kick off another Community Game this evening.

See you out there.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 16 2010, 6:31am says:

Oooh the anticipation, another fine event guys, looking forward to the results on Xmas day, will have to check the results on my iphone when no one is looking.

; )

Best of luck everyone!

+1 vote     article: The end of the voting!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 16 2010, 6:18am replied:

Heh, cool, cheers, you can come again.

; )

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 14 2010, 12:51pm replied:

That said, with the holidays coming up we might see more regular player activity, so just bob on and see who's about.

I was on my own for about 5 minutes last night on a server, and then one other player joined, and then another, and so on, I think it peaked at about 6 to 8 people on last night which isn't great, but it just goes to show that if you jump on a server people will come.

+1 vote     article: The Galaxy is our Battlefield
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 14 2010, 12:45pm says:

15 minutes left people!!! Get your votes in for First Strike while they're hot.

:)

+2 votes     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 14 2010, 12:42pm replied:

There are games on at this time every weekend (maybe you just got unlucky with your timing Doyle), that is when people should try and get on to see a high number of players, sometimes it is a little hit and miss and there might not be as many players as usual, but that is still the best time to try. Also we will look at putting on more well advertised date specific events as these seem to pull in more players who have not tried the mod before, but aim to get on at around 8pm GMT any weekend night and you should find people on.

+1 vote     article: The Galaxy is our Battlefield
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 14 2010, 8:09am says:

She sure looks pretty.

+1 vote     article: Epic Star Wars Battle
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 12 2010, 11:05am says:

Bob on in about 4 hours and you should find a lot of people on-line, that is about the time this evening's Community Game will officially start, but bob on earlier and you still might catch a few people on. Like my colleague says, jump on a server and people will soon turn up to play with.

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 12 2010, 10:59am says:

....Maybe....

+1 vote     media: Battle of Hoth WIP Shots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 10 2010, 12:41am says:

Regarding the Death Star surface, we had to drop the lightmaps from that due to the complexity of the Death Star surface model, it just created too much of a strain client side when we added lightmaps. Without them you got a much improved framerate and it allowed us to make the map playable for a wider variety of players. So slightly less visual pizzazz, but much better gameplay because of it. Sometimes these sacrifices have to be made, and believe me the Death Star surface still looks incredible.

+3 votes     article: The Galaxy is our Battlefield
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 10 2010, 12:23am says:

I wouldn't go that far, heh, we're not quite as hardcore as that.

+1 vote     article: The Galaxy is our Battlefield
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 11:17pm says:

Cool list, ah the sweetness that was Desert Combat, the first mod I ever played, happy memories.

+1 vote     article: The Modding Hall of Fame
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 11:05pm says:

Well since they wouldn't make it somebody had to.

; )

In all seriousness though, despite the Star Wars trappings I think you'll find our mod quite a different beast to the Star Wars Battlefront games (though I was a big fan of them back in the day). Our mod focuses more on strong teamwork and tactics, this results in a much less arcadey experience than the Battlefront games.

Try us out and find out for yourself.

+2 votes     article: The Galaxy is our Battlefield
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 6:56pm says:

Heh, that's what the Walkers are there for.

;P

+2 votes     media: Battle of Hoth WIP Shots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 6:23pm says:

The Command Centre shots are renders from 3DS Max, the exterior Hoth shots are in game.

+1 vote     media: Battle of Hoth WIP Shots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 6:20pm says:

Yup, just ice everywhere. There are some areas where they have put up modular compartments such as Medical and the other end of the Command Centre seen in this shot, but just due to the nature of the base a lot of it is just dug into the ice.

+1 vote     media: Battle of Hoth WIP Shots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 3:52pm says:

When finished we'll have Echo Base look pretty cluttered with debris and randomly placed objects etc, just like in the movie, not very good housekeepers those Rebels.

+1 vote     media: Battle of Hoth WIP Shots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 3:21pm says:

Towcables, heh, a more complex question than you realise, we're looking at a number of possible solutions to that, and will let you know more a lot closer to the time, as we have many more things we need to deal with before we tackle that tricky little problem.

Bots, will depend a lot on how the map develops and how much work our singleplayer co-op team can devote to it, I'd say the chances are pretty slim to nil that we'll have bot support for this when we release it, there are many issues that would need to be dealt with such as getting the bots to control the AT-AT Walkers which don't work like ordinary vehicles, amongst other problems. We'll keep you posted.

+1 vote     media: Battle of Hoth WIP Shots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 2:20pm says:

WIP = Work in Progress, they're on the way.

;)

+5 votes     media: Battle of Hoth WIP Shots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2010, 12:59pm says:

Heh, that sure was a quick response.

Here, have a Wookiee Cookiee.

:P

+4 votes     media: Battle of Hoth WIP Shots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 8 2010, 11:17pm says:

Very nice work guys, looking forward to your next release.

+2 votes     article: Video Footage of Jundland for Galactic Warfare.
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 7 2010, 4:41pm says:

Excellent! Looking gorgeous with the dynamic lighting and what not, if you guys don't get best upcoming mod just for all these technical improvements you're making to the Freelancer engine, there is no justice in this Galaxy.

Keep up the top notch work.

+1 vote     article: Deferred Rendering: Dynamic Lighting & Soft Particles
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 7 2010, 4:58am replied:

Have got hold of the BI server admin and they assure us that for next week (if not already) they'll have added a greater selection of maps to their maplist for you to choose from (after all we do have a whole lot of maps available in First Strike), so next week we shouldn't find ourselves restricted to the 16 player server that we run with the wider selection of maps. So next week once we hit 16 we'll jump over to BI, or just start on BI in the first place to make sure there is plenty of room for everyone. Though I did enjoy playing a few of the 16 player maps last weekend, Ryloth in particular is a 16 player map we don't see played often enough, and was a lot of fun.

See you out there Troopers!

+1 vote     mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 5 2010, 7:34am says:

Impressive, most impressive. Great work as always guys.

+1 vote     article: MOTY: New Engine Effects and HUGE Explosions
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