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.

Comment History  (870 - 900 of 1,150)
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 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
TALON_UK
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.

+2 votes   media: AT-AT Cockpit screenshots
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 23 2011, 7:45am says:

Bantha Fodder?

+1 vote   media: BANG BANG ITS MY BIRTHDAY!! XD
TALON_UK
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.

+1 vote   media: NIC First Strike Campaign Poster
TALON_UK
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.

+1 vote   media: NIC Campaign Registration
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 6 2011, 5:34pm says:

Heh, nice.

+1 vote   media: Star Fiction
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
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
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
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
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
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
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 30 2010, 9:28am says:

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

+4 votes   media: AT-AT Cockpit WIP shots
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 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)
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
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!
TALON_UK
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!
TALON_UK
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.

+1 vote   media: Model Render
TALON_UK
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.

; )

+1 vote   media: X-Wing vs TIE Fighter Map Screenshots
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
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
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
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 8 2011, 7:39am says:

Hi usablucape, there are plenty of timezone converters out there which can give you a conversion from GMT to your time zone in seconds, but because you asked so nicely.

19:00GMT converts to 14:00 U.S. Eastern/EST.

Oh, and the Teamspeak 3 server details for this event have now been updated on the news post above.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 6 2011, 10:04am replied:

Hi DarkDiablos, no your BF2142 account will not be affected. As a mod this constitutes modified content and as such will not add to your BF2142 stats. First Strike has its own stats system which is independent of this, the results of which and can be viewed at our website.

Follow the installation instructions and you should be fine.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 6 2011, 8:58am replied:

Being in Germany is no bad thing, First Strike players are mostly European so the time zones should be just fine for you. This weekend's event for example starts at 19:00 GMT a very Euro friendly time, and being the weekend we'll most likely get a few of our friends from the other side of the pond too.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 6 2011, 5:44am replied:

Should be around half a dozen servers, is quiet around now, but get on at the weekend and it should be busier, also just pop on an empty server and people usually start to appear.

If you're not even seeing these servers you might need to check that you have everything set up correctly on the server menu screen, check this article for details on that:

Moddb.com

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 28 2010, 3:32pm says:

None for Christmas, but we may have something organised for very early in the New Year, will keep you posted. In the meantime bob on-line on Saturdays and Sundays as these are the event nights, also possibly other nights in the week now we're in the holidays.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 28 2010, 3:30pm replied:

If you don't have the original disc that could be the problem, you need that to run BF2142, and in turn First Strike.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 28 2010, 3:28pm says:

Awww, I had the lyrics to the Life Day Song memorised and everything.

; )

+1 vote   article: Merry Christmas from all at First Strike
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, 2:20pm 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 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 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, 6:38pm says:

I challenge anyone to be at this location and not blast the intercom microphone and say...

"Boring conversation anyway."

You know you want to.

;)

+1 vote   media: Dathomir: Prison Break
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 5 2014, 5:39am says:

That's a shame. You can always bob on at other times. Inform people via our forums that you're going on and someone might join you.

+1 vote   article: First Strike: Blastfest Event 2
TALON_UK
TALON_UK May 2 2014, 8:09am says:

Nice concept and modelling, but a few issues stand out if this is meant to be a smallish bull-pup weapon. The trigger guard and trigger assembly are just way too small for the scale you should be looking at, you'd have to have the fingers of a small child to get your digits in there, so in my opinion that detail is the first thing you need to address. Other than that I'm really digging the design. As well as the design cues mentioned by others it reminds me of the future phased plasma pulse rifles used by the T-800s in the first Terminator movies, you should definitely check that out if you haven't already.

Planetkrypton.net

+1 vote   media: Ily-30
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Apr 13 2014, 9:07am says:

Heh, I think you've read too much into the term 'Asset'. I meant that as in art asset rather than a gameplay related one. This and the Holocam are just environmental props with no gameplay function as yet. Though it might be nice to have the Security Holocam have some form of sensor capability, perhaps revealing enemy players on the mini-map, encouraging you to destroy them in a similar fashion to how the heroes did in Star Wars.

+2 votes   media: Imperial Security Station
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Apr 13 2014, 8:52am says:

That is good news. Thanks for the heads up. Will have to check that out.

+4 votes   article: Goodbye GameSpy
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Apr 13 2014, 6:37am says:

Not the Death Star, but you're on the right track.

+2 votes   media: Security Holocam
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 15 2014, 12:56pm replied:

Here's an update from the BI clan who are planning to have a bit of an event on their new First Strike server tonight, could be a good opportunity to get in some well populated games. Below is the message together with Teamspeak details. See you there.

BI + Friends should be playing tonight at around 6PM UK on the BI Server. Not sure how many will be turning up, feel free to join our ts at ts.blackintel.org. Click Tinyurl.com to join the server automatically if you have TS3 installed.

+1 vote   article: First Strike Installation Guide Video
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 15 2014, 12:17pm replied:

We could do that, but with that launcher being the next item down in the downloads list it should be pretty obvious where you can get it from. We'll look at adding a link into the article just to be clear.

+1 vote   article: FS 1.6 Full Installer Released!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 11 2014, 9:46am says:

Cool, well it is due out so I'll look forward to that. Have to organise an event for you to shoot to show the mod at it's best.

+2 votes   article: First Strike Installation Guide Video
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 7 2014, 10:48am says:

We banged the thing out as soon as it was ready, we'll draw up a changelog and add that to the news post at some point today.

+3 votes   article: First Strike 1.6 Released!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 6 2014, 4:47pm says:

That looks awesome, and nice attention to detail considering star system's distance from the galactic core when developing these. Very cool.

+2 votes   media: New Starspheres
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 31 2014, 2:41pm replied:

Heh heh, I don't think we've even appeared on their radar, but who knows? I'd guess this was more likely nothing more than a random Hacker attack, though a bleedin' annoyingly timed one.

+4 votes   article: First Strike Suffers Cyber Attack
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 29 2014, 12:36pm says:

Nice vid, going from strength to strength with this guys, keep up the great work.

+2 votes   article: FW:ToW Chat with devs video
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 16 2014, 5:32am says:

Indeed, all I can really tell you at this point is soon. We want everything fully nailed down prior to announcing the amended release date this time so we don't get any surprises that may cause further delays.

However, it is now so close you can practically taste it.

; )

+2 votes   article: First Strike 1.6 Co-op Action
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 14 2014, 11:04am says:

You mean the Battle of Yavin? Already done, has to be flat rather than a sphere I'm afraid. The Death Star is obviously way too big to be shown in its entirety in a map, so we have developed a section of the surface that features all the objectives needed to give a good representation of this battle. If you look at the movie battle you'll find the majority of it occurs close to the surface anyway.

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.6 Co-op Maps
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 7 2014, 2:20am says:

It certainly would be awesome, but the complexity of the map, especially generating an AI mesh for the space station interior, would be a bit prohibitive taking a lot of work to do. Maybe one day, but certainly not with the next release.

Just have to get a shedload of live flesh and blood players in there to do it justice.

: )

+1 vote   media: Parmel Invasion Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 31 2013, 4:27pm replied:

Late 2014? Where did you get that notion from? We'll be releasing in a few weeks all being well.

+5 votes   article: Prepare to be Boarded
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 31 2013, 12:56pm says:

Nice work.

+5 votes   media: Rebel Pilot Rig demo
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 31 2013, 12:55pm says:

Yeah, an AT-AT Driver, the Imperial Snowtrooper style shoulder plates and those cylinders on the back of the helmet are the giveaway, at least until colour is added.

Great work, and a Happy New Year to all at Star Wars Battlecry, looking forward to seeing more in 2014.

+11 votes   media: Imperial Pilot WIP
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 31 2013, 3:58am says:

Hmmm, what now?

;)

+1 vote   media: Parmel Invasion Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 18 2013, 10:33am says:

Well they are yards, so they would be quite orderly, believe me, as you're diving amongst them trying to shake enemy fighters off your tail they won't seem boring.

If you prefer things more random there will also be debris fields of wreckage from the previous battle floating around, so you can do some ducking and diving around those if you like.

+2 votes   article: The Conquest of Space
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 18 2013, 9:48am says:

Aye, I never played it, but I believe the original builder of this station asset was influenced by a space station design featured in that game.

+1 vote   media: Silver Station Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 17 2013, 5:59pm says:

Yes, yes it was.

; p

+1 vote   media: Silver Station Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 10 2013, 5:53pm says:

Yeah, there are a lot of nice touches on this map, the sky among them. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with this map when you get a hold of it.

+1 vote   media: Nesmazzda Conflict Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 10 2013, 5:51pm says:

Not sure what the crack was there. If there are no shadows then it might be due to the density of the trees being too much for the engine to handle. Though to be honest I'm not entirely convinced there are no tree shadows on Endor. Will have to go and check,

LOL

+1 vote   media: Nesmazzda Conflict Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 8 2013, 10:56am says:

Soon(TM)

+6 votes   article: Introducing First Strike 1.6
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 28 2013, 12:15pm says:

Well, to be fair they'll still be doing that, but then they'll look at a door in that wall and say. "Y'know what? I can go through that door though."

; )

+6 votes   article: Developer Diary #22 - Dnamro
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 23 2013, 5:28am says:

And this is only a small part of the overall base.

+1 vote   media: Echo Base Hangar 7 WIP
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 23 2013, 5:25am says:

Thanks, and it is constantly improving, already there have been tweaks made to this particular asset to improve its lore accuracy. That's the great thing about Star Wars, you can look at it for 30 years and still discover new details that you never noticed before.

+1 vote   media: Echo Base Hangar 7 WIP
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 3 2013, 2:31pm says:

Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, should be a lot of fun. We already have the base blocked out in game for testing and the layout proved to be lots of fun to play with wide open spaces and corridors for close quarters action.

If you refer to some of our earlier posts regarding Hoth you'll see that we're going with an overall layout for Echo Base loosely based on the cutaway map produced for the DK Star Wars: Complete Locations book, so we have decided to use Hangar 7 and a much larger hangar around the back which houses the Galofree Rebel Transports, but we have no current plans to throw in references to the Outrider and Otana.

+1 vote   media: Echo Base Hangar 7 WIP
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 3 2013, 2:24pm says:

Cheers, as with all things First Strike we're trying to get the thing looking as authentic as we can. Heh, that's why it's taking a while.

; )

+2 votes   article: Battle of Hoth: Echo Base Update 02
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 21 2013, 5:55am says:

Heh heh, sure looks that way doesn't it? Basically Yavin is a defense map for the Empire, so with low numbers it can be quite difficult to defend on that map. Becomes more balanced when you have greater numbers. We tend to make the final map worth big points to keep things interesting, but going from these results I guess we'll have to stop doing that.

+3 votes   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign 2: Final Results
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 30 2013, 5:47pm says:

Nice.

:)

+1 vote   media: DLT-20A Sniper (WIP screenshot)
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 9 2013, 7:05pm says:

Lok is part of the sector just captured by the Rebels. Tatooine: Bestine also has not been played, just the luck of the draw and the way the results have gone unfortunately. Might have to throw in an extra little bonus round where these maps get played for the points later in the campaign.

+1 vote   media: FS Campaign 2 Galaxy Map 02
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 1 2013, 7:34pm says:

Glad to hear it, see you out there.

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance 2nd Campaign Registration Now Open
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 24 2013, 10:50am says:

Nice.

+2 votes   media: In Orbit
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 20 2013, 12:05pm replied:

How many of the movies have featured Tatooine?

; )

Plus, if we're honest, with plenty of assets built for that planet it gave us lots of opportunities to explore different facets of the world. So we have 4 maps set on that world, but each are quite distinctively different.

+2 votes   media: FS Campaign Galaxy Map 05
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 18 2013, 6:04am says:

Nice.

+2 votes   media: Pillar_Final
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 3 2013, 10:37am says:

Yes, yes you should.

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign: Round 5 Results
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 31 2013, 3:46pm says:

Cheers.

+1 vote   media: Imperial Hangar
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 29 2013, 1:32pm says:

Nice, coming on leaps and bounds fella.

+2 votes   media: broken _pillar_re
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 22 2013, 11:33pm says:

Yes, yes it is.

; )

+1 vote   media: Begun This Campaign Has!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 21 2013, 1:30pm says:

After last weekend's games things should start to look very interesting on the Galaxy Map this week. Keep your eyes peeled for the next update to see the state of the Galaxy.

+1 vote   media: FS Campaign Galaxy Map 02
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 19 2013, 8:19pm says:

This story is set in the time between Star Wars and TESB, so no Yoda yet.

+2 votes   media: Star Wars 1
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 5 2013, 9:27am says:

Yeah, we thought that close to New Year's Eve that night might be a bust so we have rescheduled it for this coming weekend. Couldn't make it myself either due to stuff I had going on.

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign: Round 2
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 24 2012, 7:49pm says:

Myself too. We'll be playing the smaller versions of those maps so all should be good, just make sure you're there to add to the numbers.

The Santa Trooper is just an image doing the rounds on the interwebs this Christmas, and not done by us. But as soon as I saw it I fell in love with it. So much so I'm using it as my virtual Xmas card this year.

; P

Merry Christmas!

+2 votes   article: Begun This Campaign Has!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 6 2012, 3:22pm says:

Heheh, pretty cool.

+3 votes   media: Episode 7, if they all return
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 5 2012, 5:25am says:

Cheers, if you want to know what happens next to this guy you should check out the First Strike fiction tale it is taken from:

Forums.fsmod.com

+1 vote   media: First Strike Storyboards
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 19 2012, 10:28am replied:

Worry not, there's still the campaign to look forward to.

+2 votes   article: Shoot First, RSF Clan FS Event
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 18 2012, 6:47pm says:

Like the people from Void?

+2 votes   media: FS Campaign Galaxy Map
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 18 2012, 1:03pm says:

Heh, I didn't design the poster. I guess it is so you can imagine it is YOU who's doing the shooting first?

; )

Also on a side note RSF are not a new group/clan, they've been around the First Strike gaming scene since near the beginning.

+2 votes   media: Shoot First, RSF Clan FS Event
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 11 2012, 2:47pm says:

Oh dear. Actually the Rio themed Angry Birds was a lot of fun, though obviously with that movie being all about birds anyway the connection was more obvious and apt. I guess this could work though. If you can cross Star Wars successfully with Lego and Mr. Potato Head, why not Angry Birds?

+2 votes   media: Star Wars Angry Birds are coming...
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 4 2012, 11:53am says:

Nice piece.

+2 votes   media: looking at my car?
TALON_UK
TALON_UK May 6 2012, 8:28am says:

Nice!

+2 votes   media: Demo player screenie!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 30 2012, 12:10pm says:

They always get the best toys don't they?

+1 vote   media: Imperial Troop Transporter WIP
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 1 2012, 5:41am says:

"As you wish."

+3 votes   media: EE-3 Blaster Carbine WIP
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 30 2012, 4:07pm says:

Imperial Firehawkes.

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 18 2012, 12:07pm says:

Cool, who are thee by

+1 vote   media: Battle of Kessel
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 27 2011, 3:16pm says:

Ask and you shall recieve.

; )

Here are Black Intel Teamspeak details if you're thinking of joining tonight's event, or any of the others over the holidays:

ts.blackintel.org:9987

+3 votes   media: Black Intel Event
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 23 2011, 9:14am says:

Aye, it's gonna get messy.

+2 votes   media: Hoth Teaser Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 22 2011, 5:13pm says:

Yeah, that's supposed to be lighter due to the snow.

+1 vote   media: Hoth Teaser Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 21 2011, 1:50am replied:

Doh!

Well I'm glad you're sorted out now.

+2 votes   article: NIC Campaign 2: Battle 4
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 20 2011, 12:00am says:

The servers aren't always locked, just for the Campaign night for competitive play. If you're having trouble (as I've suggested before) send me your details via PM and I'll try and see what the problem is you're having joining NIC.

Campaign is having a break over the holidays anyhow so the servers will be public for the whole of that duration, with a few pubber game events to be scheduled.

+1 vote   article: NIC Campaign 2: Battle 4
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 19 2011, 3:08am says:

Looking good, nice to see the other factions getting some love, and some interesting custom and original vessels in there.

+1 vote   article: MOTY Top 100 - Hutt Syndicate vs Corellian Security Force
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 17 2011, 7:03am says:

Nope, has eyes all over.

+2 votes   article: What Does the Probe Droid Spy?
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 15 2011, 6:38am says:

Yep, the explosions got a little more TLC with the last update.

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 11 2011, 5:08am says:

Nice work as ever guys, and well done on getting to phase two of the MOTY Awards, once again you have my vote as I see you as one of the premier Star Wars mods out there. Now that I've buttered you up let's see about borrowing some of your gorgeous Mon Cal cruisers.

; )

+2 votes   article: Phase II: Updated DX9 Graphics Engine for Freelancer
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 9 2011, 10:45am says:

Have seen an unpainted prototype of this in the past, and have to say the painted version doesn't disappoint. Also like the the feature that allows you to swap the heads for either Ewan McGreggor or Alec Guinness's likeness. A very nice piece.

+4 votes   media: Kenobi - Desert Nomad
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 8 2011, 3:32am says:

Glad to hear it. We'll see you then, and we'll expect an Easter egg or two.

+3 votes   article: First Strike: A Year in Review
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 27 2011, 6:09am says:

The 2nd NIC First Strike Campaign kicks off this evening at 8:30pm GMT, so if you want to get in on the action from the get go, get signed up today people.

Nationsinconflict.enjin.com

Looking forward to seeing you for some epic games tonight, see you there Troopers.

+2 votes   article: NIC First Strike Campaign: The 2nd Coming
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 23 2011, 6:51am says:

Sorry that it is not at a time more suitable for you. Still you could always start up an Australian server, or encourage more gamers your side of the world to start playing First Strike.

; )

+2 votes   media: NIC First Strike Campaign 2
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 7 2011, 1:43pm says:

I like these designs, lots of good avenues to travel down there, but yeah, it is getting a little Halo-esque in style, might be good to avoid that, but if you can add something to it to make yours more unique? Then go for it. Looking good either way.

+1 vote   media: Picture of the Week 0046 - Week 45 November 2011
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 2 2011, 6:44am says:

Not long now.

*sharpens hunting knife.*

; )

+2 votes   article: Become the Hunter
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 27 2011, 7:21am replied:

Not really, as each kit has a specific loadout of weapons designed for balance and kit flexibility, so just tacking on an additional weapon to one of these kits just for the sake of it would not be an option, it would have to offer something significantly different to the weapons already available to that kit. Quite a bit of thought has been put into the design of the weapons and gadgets that each kit has access to.

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 27 2011, 2:28am says:

Nice job there guys, you can really see the benefit of the spec and normal mapping there, excellent.

+2 votes   media: GR-75 Gallofree Transport
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 26 2011, 4:35pm says:

Well you'll get that and then some with the co-op version of this map, epic confrontations and assaulting tank columns a plenty. Should keep you on your toes.

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 26 2011, 3:03am says:

Well I'll be going Rebel this time, don't know if that'll be a blessing or a curse for them.

; P

+2 votes   article: NIC First Strike Campaign 2 Registration
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 21 2011, 3:29am says:

D'you mean general space debris, or debris from destroyed capital ships? Cap ship debris has been in there since 1.5.

If you're talking about just general generic floating space debris, we can do it, it all depends if that is appropriate for the map really. We have a space map in development which utilises debris because it takes place in a setting which would have such space clutter for example.

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 21 2011, 3:25am says:

Not strictly true, generally the Rebel T1-B is better at close range and the Imperial Firehawke better at long range, but yeah, you do need two people working together fully manning the T1-B for it to be at its most effective.

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

Not as yet, and quite unlikely for quite a while due to the complexities of the map. We'll be focused on getting the multiplayer functioning as we'd like before even thinking of looking at Co-op for that map.

+2 votes   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 20 2011, 6:43pm says:

Because you didn't have the Bounty Hunter kit in 1.5.

:)

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 20 2011, 1:53pm says:

Close, is actually an MG15 that this weapon is based on, the SW in universe name is the RT-97C heavy blaster rifle, though we've just called it the MG15 in First Strike as the name didn't exist at the time we first used it in the mod.

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.55 Release Pictures
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 19 2011, 3:51am says:

Actually on looking at it again there is something that doesn't quite look right, it is missing a distinctive and pronounced nodule on the upper side trailing edge of each wing, it sticks out of the back of the wing section of the ship. On first looking at it I clocked that something looked a little off, and on checking my reference, sure enough it is that detail in that winged area of the ship.

If you want a copy of the reference image showing the detail just drop me a PM. Other than that detail? This model looks fantastic.

+4 votes   media: MC80 Liberty Cruiser
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 15 2011, 5:25am says:

Very nice, like that once again the design is asymmetrical as it should be with Mon Cal design. So do you also have the larger but similar to this Headquarters Frigate (Home One) with two hangers on each side?

+1 vote   media: MC80 Wingless Cruiser
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 12 2011, 6:36am says:

Interesting craft, looks familiar, did it in Dark Empire or something?

+1 vote   media: MC30c Frigate - Normal and Specular Map
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 12 2011, 6:34am says:

I'm liking these Mon Cal cruiser variants, nice, also like that this one has a few details making it asymmetrical which is more in keeping with Mon Cal starship design.

Keep up the good work.

+2 votes   media: MC40a Light Cruiser - Normal and Specular Mapping
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 10 2011, 1:14pm says:

Nope, that is completely against what we are doing with First Strike. Our aim is to show the grunts in the trenches, not Jedi, or other uber classes, so you're barking up the wrong tree there I'm afraid.

+2 votes   article: It's Back!!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 9 2011, 12:37pm replied:

I think he's aware of that, just comparing our graphical work to the standard of content that you see in HL2 mods.

+2 votes   media: It's Back!!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 7 2011, 4:32am says:

That Mon Cal cruiser is looking very nice, excellent job guys.

+2 votes   article: Star Wars Space Simulator Mod - September Update
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 4 2011, 6:31am says:

Well actually it is more just set dressing with a medical droid nearby that you'd be healing off, that said, that's not a bad idea.

+1 vote   media: Hoth Summer Update
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 8 2011, 12:52pm says:

Very nice work.

+1 vote   media: Picture of the Week 0038 - Week 32 August 2011
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 27 2011, 2:09am says:

To be fair the hill on Bestine is a seriously punishing obstacle to overcome. the 32 player Bestine map is designed to be played with vehicles which can assist in making your way up this challenging bit of terrain, but with the Campaign design of Infantry Only, Land and Space, it was decided to try it as an Infantry Only map. Was good fun, but as expected the Rebels came a bit of a cropper on that hill. Next week will be a round of 16 player Bestine which is designed as an Infantry Only map. I expect the Rebels to do better there.

+1 vote   article: NIC Campaign Battle 6
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 13 2011, 6:17pm says:

I was going more for in-transport entertainment route with an interesting take on that old classic the One Armed Bandit, note that this one has the innovation of two arms.

; P

+1 vote   media: AT-AT Cockpit screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 13 2011, 6:14pm says:

Heh, the microwave is to one side just out of shot, and the WC is way out in the back to the rear of the troop compartment. Makes sense, after all you really don't want to have to deal with that smell when you're trying to focus on mashing up some Rebel Scum. Sith Lord knows what they're feeding those Stormtroopers these days.

; )

+3 votes   media: AT-AT Cockpit screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 29 2011, 3:06am says:

Aye, and is even more fun to play. All it takes are good numbers of players for this mod to shine.

Don't be shy, check it out.

; )

+1 vote   article: NIC Campaign Battle 3
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 21 2011, 3:30am says:

Get in on the action, if you want to really get to experience First Strike as it was meant to be played? This is your opportunity. Great numbers, strong experienced leadership and solid teamwork.

You know you want to.

; )

Head over to the NIC forums and get signed up now.

Nictest.enjin.com

+1 vote   article: NIC Campaign Battle 2
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jun 12 2011, 9:01am says:

I think the dirt is supposed to come into play as battle damage, phaser burns or whatever. Though it does look more like general grime in this shot.

+2 votes   media: Procedural Planet Rings
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 31 2011, 1:29pm says:

Yeah, it is on the way, apparently EA are just sorting out some last little bits and bobs on it before release. I think they're saying it'll be a month or two, but they have been going on about releasing on Steam for quite a while now. Still, fingers crossed.

+2 votes   article: NIC First Strike Campaign Recruitment
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 26 2011, 9:57am says:

Good, and you?

+3 votes   member: TALON_UK
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 16 2011, 5:23am says:

Nice work on the sound design too, be interesting to see how much this affects gameplay.

+3 votes   article: Log Entry 018: Deadlock Goes Open Door Development
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 9 2011, 4:15am says:

Indeed. We're hoping for a good turn out this weekend, I love the smell of blaster fire in the morning, smells like...

Victory.

;)

+1 vote   article: First Strike Community Games
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 7 2011, 11:55am says:

Aye, very nice.

+1 vote   media: Klingon Birds-of-Prey
TALON_UK
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
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
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
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
TALON_UK Jan 30 2011, 9:28pm says:

Heh, now that's funny, I've even been there (Dublin Trinity College Library, not the Jedi Temple Library ;P ), but never made the connection until now. It is pretty much identical.

+1 vote   media: The real jedi temple
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 27 2011, 12:31pm says:

Yeah, I think the pivot points must have been screwed up in that shot or something, can't believe I never noticed it before. Not to worry, it is all correct on the in game version.

+1 vote   media: MLC-3 (Mobile Laser Cannon)
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 27 2011, 12:21pm says:

That would be a Virella Systems Cargo Tanker, they were quite common in the old X-Wing and X-Wing vs TIE Fighter PC games along with the Bulk Freighter that is featured in some of our other maps.

+1 vote   media: Strike at Parmel
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 27 2011, 12:02pm says:

I'm sure they will on Hoth.

;)

+1 vote   media: Jundland Wastes Post 1.5 In Game 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, 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 Nov 27 2010, 9:28pm says:

Cheers fella, back at ya and the ToW guys.

+1 vote   article: First Strike 2010: A Retrospective
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 7 2010, 7:01am says:

Always nice to see another BF2142 mod, not enough of us out there. Looking good.

We've been introducing AI with our latest release for some pretty cool co-op and singleplayer action, may have to borrow some of your Zombie AI code to perhaps create a Death Troopers based map (Star Wars novel with zombies in case you hadn't heard of it)

;)

Keep up the good work.

+2 votes   article: October News Update
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 4 2010, 3:54pm says:

Yeah, needless to say the day didn't end well for pilots Red 4 & Epsilon 2.

; )

+2 votes   media: First Strike 1.5 Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 23 2010, 12:50pm says:

Heh, everyone loves a good TIE Defender pic, I guess it is because of those dynamic lines, and she's oh so photogenic.

;)

+1 vote   media: Strike at Parmel 1.5 Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 15 2010, 10:22am replied:

You'd be surprised, we've got it balanced to the right level where the bots shouldn't prove too taxing for your PC, the only one that may have some issues is the Battle of Yavin which has a lot going on when you get bots in there and turbolasers firing etc, but land maps featuring bots should be no more taxing than a standard multiplayer game of First Strike.

+1 vote   article: 1.5 Release Review: Part One
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 15 2010, 5:28am says:

Just jump on a server, the problem seems to be a lot of the time that people just don't want to be the first on, but usually if you're on a server for a while people soon start to join and before you know it you're cooking with gas. Also spread the word to everyone you know about the mod, get that positive word of mouth out there to draw people in and get them playing.

+1 vote   article: 1.5 Release Review: Part One
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 5 2010, 9:54am says:

Head over to Client Support Forums on our website, someone may be able to help you there if you give them the specifics of your issue.

Forums.fsmod.com

+1 vote   article: New Hotfix Released
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 27 2010, 6:53am says:

Heh heh, you'll certainly not be the first to buy a copy of BF2142 just to play this mod, and you won't be the last. I hope you have a lot of fun with the mod and look forward to seeing you out there on the battlefield this weekend.

+1 vote   article: First Strike 1.5 Server Files
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Aug 14 2010, 7:02pm says:

You definitely wouldn't now it has it's teeth, fully armed and full of bad attitude. See this thing flying overhead? Best run.

+1 vote   media: Jundland Wastes Preview Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK May 16 2010, 6:37pm says:

Now I'm confused.

;)

Some really good games tonight and a fine turn out, thanks to everyone who turned up for this event, we'll hopefully have more of the same going on next weekend too, so watch this space.

+1 vote   article: Community Games to Return!
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Feb 8 2010, 10:03pm says:

Nope, right planet.

+1 vote   media: Jundland Wastes Preview Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 27 2010, 6:52am says:

Thanks, really looking forward to getting this out there for you guys to get to grips with. Almost there now.

+1 vote   article: 2010 Status Update
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 19 2010, 9:51am says:

Looking good, nice work guys.

+1 vote   article: Freeworlds Tides of War: Fighter Combat
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 28 2009, 7:42am says:

Well I'm sorry you feel that way, clearly that is totally up to you. I don't see the harm in highlighting the competition on our part of the forums and encouraging people to vote myself.

+1 vote   article: ModDB Mod of the Year Awards 2009
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Nov 6 2008, 7:49am says:

Aye, a very nice update Red. And a few cheeky little models in there that haven't been released in the mod...yet.

;)

+1 vote   article: Dev Diary #19 - RedMonkey999
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 18 2008, 7:25pm replied:

Well the Beta files are out now, so anyone who is interested in signing up for this weekend's beta testing get them downloaded from here:

Forums.fsmod.com

And we'll see you starting Friday night for some fun testing and previews of the layout of Echo Base on Hoth, and we'll be unveiling our work in progress on the mighty AT-AT Walker. See you there.

+1 vote   article: Beta Right Around the Corner
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jul 27 2008, 9:19am says:

Yes, yes you are.

;)

+1 vote   article: Echo Base, AT-AT, and PC Gamer
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Mar 19 2008, 6:06am replied:

Indeed. This is the aim with the stacks of additional content and improved depth of gameplay. Hopefully a more stable release will mean that this time if people do try us out they will stick with us rather than just the core community of players that we have now.

That said we have seen an influx of quite a number of new players thanks to the community games. Like you say hopefully these new numbers will increase even more and give people the opportunity to play in many full to capacity servers across the globe. Anytime, anywhere.

+1 vote   article: First Strike Community Games Report
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