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 Jan 19 2014, 6:29am replied:

However it is also a mobile spawn point, so it will certainly feel like it is carrying more troops.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 18 2014, 8:56pm replied:

All BF2142 assets can take a maximum of 8 passengers and crew, with the AT-AT it finds itself in the same boat with 4 crew and 4 passenger slots.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 17 2014, 8:14pm replied:

We plan to have both the AT-AT Hoth battle and a quite extensive Echo Base all on the same map with objectives which will help to see the map progress and play out the same way as the sequence plays in the films.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 17 2014, 8:11pm replied: +1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 16 2014, 8:33pm says:

Sorry I missed this until now, a bit late with my response. You need the original game to play this mod, hence why it is a mod rather than an indie game. BF2142 is old enough now to be available in most bargain buckets, so it shouldn't set you back too much to pick yourself up a copy, you can also get it through Steam.

I'm glad you like the look of the gameplay, that is our aim to really put you in the boots of a Rebel soldier or Imperial Stormtrooper. You can't customize your weapons, if you're talking about different skins or attachments etc, but you do have a selection of primary weapons to choose from for each kit, which will usually mean you should be able to find something to match your play style or the tactical situation you find yourself in.

Space battles? We have lots of that, in fact 2 new space maps are due out with the next release, and one of them even features boarding action, which should prove a lot of fun.

+1 vote   media: Hoth Preview 2
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 16 2014, 7:11pm replied:

Our current configuration for the AT-AT has multiple crew members. One is the driver of the vehicle itself, another mans the main guns, and another two for the two lighter cannons. Hoth will feature both AT-AT and AT-ST Walkers like in the film.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
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   news: First Strike 1.6 Co-op Action
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 15 2014, 7:48pm replied:

Our weapons are not locked, they are all available from the get go, you have 3 primary weapons for each class to choose from. The only items which are not available to you immediately are some of the gadgets, these require you to be in a squad of a certain number or more to gain access to them, to help promote teamwork. These are available in singleplayer/co-op matches too, you just need to join a bot squad to gain access to them.

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 15 2014, 5:46am replied:

Hi there, do you mean the fact that we have generally 3 different primary weapon selections per kit? That has always been the way that is set up in First Strike. The idea being that this selection method gives you the versatility to deal with most problems that come your way whatever kit you're using, though clearly some kits are better suited to tackling certain tactical situations than others. The exception to this rule is the Officer class, who instead of weapon selection choice has a kit jam packed full of useful squad leading gadgetry such as a wide field scanner pulse, spawn beacon, supplies and deployable heavy blaster. This is not a work in progress, it is just as was always intended.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
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 14 2014, 10:30am replied:

Jundland Wastes as mentioned in the news update above is an infantry only map at this time, though we would like to add more of the assets and scale of the multiplayer version of the map to the co-op at a later date.

The trailer will be on the way soon, just focused on getting the content completed at the moment.

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 14 2014, 10:21am replied:

It does, it is just that the above image is a render in 3DS Max rather than an in game image. That and they have added lights for windows in the render, other than that they're identical.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 10 2014, 3:46pm replied:

Hi there, sorry for your issues there. We're currently using the server for testing purposes as we lead up to the next release. We generally have games on at 8pm GMT on Sundays which are our community games, but until we release 1.6 you might want to just focus on the singleplayer portion of the mod. You should see more action and players after that.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Jan 7 2014, 2:34am says:

Who's that Rebel scum creeping up behind this handsome fella?

+1 vote   media: Parmel Invasion Screenshots
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 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   news: Prepare to be Boarded
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   news: 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, 4:00am says:

See where that jetpack might come in handy?

;)

+2 votes   media: Parmel Invasion Screenshots
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 31 2013, 3:58am says:

Hmmm, what now?

;)

+1 vote   media: Parmel Invasion Screenshots
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   news: First Strike 1.6 Delayed
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 22 2013, 3:49am replied:

Heh, yeah I remember, that was a fun round.

0 votes   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 19 2013, 8:35pm replied:

Soon, all quite focused on getting this release out at the moment, but as we go through our final phases of testing we'll be doing so with an eye on grabbing some appropriate footage for a trailer.

0 votes   mod: First Strike
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 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   news: 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 17 2013, 2:10pm replied:

Heh, the engine may be old, but it is certainly still good, there are still not a lot of engines, even next gen ones capable of doing some of the things we're doing here in terms of scale and scope, certainly none of the modable ones.

Either way, I'm certain I will see you about when the next Star Wars: Battlefront comes out. I just hope they take a leaf out of our book and try and make it more realistic and less arcadey than the original ones were.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Dec 11 2013, 6:11am says:

Well it looks like we've not made the ModDB MOTY Top 100 this year which is disappointing. Though there are a number of factors to consider. Our playerbase isn't exactly that strong at the moment for one, but additionally, since we have yet to release any new content this year (1.6 is due to come out this year, but might not count as it is not released at this time), which would mean we might not be eligible even if we had got sufficient votes. So I guess we'll have to see the effect that First Strike 1.6 and (fingers crossed, Battle of Hoth) have on the mod community next year.

Thanks to all who voted for us, and we hope to see you on the battlefield once First Strike 1.6 comes out.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
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