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  (180 - 210 of 1,149)
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
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TALON_UK Mar 26 2011, 9:57am says:

Good, and you?

+3 votes   member: TALON_UK
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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
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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
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TALON_UK Mar 7 2011, 11:55am says:

Aye, very nice.

+1 vote   media: Klingon Birds-of-Prey
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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TALON_UK Jan 19 2010, 9:51am says:

Looking good, nice work guys.

+1 vote   article: Freeworlds Tides of War: Fighter Combat
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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
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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
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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
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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
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 20 2013, 5:53pm says:

Congrats to the Rebels!

That pesky battle station scuppered the Empire yet again. The Emperor would like to get in contact with the Death Star's lead designers, and the chief contractors who worked on the construction of the Empire's pride and joy for a quiet chat.

; )

Official results news post will be up soon.

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 20 2013, 2:37pm replied:

Yeah, campaign finale starting at 8pm BST (British Summer Time), so in just under half an hour from now.

After the last official campaign game (Battle of Yavin) is over we'll all hang around to play rounds on whatever maps people fancy playing.

See you there.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 13 2013, 3:04pm says:

Campaign games kicking off now, see you in there.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
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 Oct 10 2013, 6:33am replied:

Sorry for the delay, have been busy this week. News post is up over on the FS forums, and just awaiting authorization before going up here.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 6 2013, 6:50pm says:

Good games tonight guys. Nice to see some fresh faces. Really liked how well 32 player Bestine played even with relatively low numbers. Lok was a good giggle too. Good fun games.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Oct 6 2013, 2:08pm says:

About an hour till game time, see you there.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
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TALON_UK Oct 4 2013, 6:30am says:

Glad to hear it. Hope you enjoy it when you do get the chance to play our mod.

+1 vote   media: First Strike 1.5 Trailer
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TALON_UK Oct 3 2013, 3:09pm says:

Would love to, just a question of time to get all this done. Our main focus now is Hoth. But I'd have loved to have added a Bespin map to the mix. Perhaps if the number of players really rise after Hoth.

+1 vote   media: First Strike Campaign Video
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TALON_UK Oct 3 2013, 11:04am replied:

Welcome to the mod JonasOvrum and Puttzy. I hope you enjoy the fruits of our labour.

There are currently weekly events taking place as part of the campaign which his hosted every Sunday at 8pm BST(British Summertime). For this event you can either sign up and become a registered player, or just turn up on the night and be assigned to whichever team is most in need of players.

There are currently no clans affiliated with the mod at this time, as it has been a while since our last release, though we still do see clan members playing from clans once affiliated with the mod such as BI and RSF.

Currently our on-line playerbase is fairly low, but we hope that will improve with future releases, Hoth being something that a lot of people are eager to see from us. Mostly people play during the Sunday night events, but also Saturday night sees some action.

I hope that answers all your questions, and I look forward to seeing you guys on Sunday for some games.

+2 votes   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 29 2013, 3:04pm says:

Heading on for tonight's Campaign games now. See you in there if you fancy it.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 29 2013, 10:05am says:

Glad to hear things went well last night. Sounds like fun was had by all. Gutted I couldn't be there. Hope to see a few of the old guard on again tonight. Would be good to catch up with some of the old faces. Maybe see you later.

+1 vote   article: BlackIntel & Global Conflict First Strike Event
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TALON_UK Sep 27 2013, 2:23am replied:

That is correct, just waiting for ModDB to authorise the news update on this forum.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 24 2013, 3:24am replied:

Not as yet, with our variable and limited time and resources to work on this it makes it difficult to nail down a release date until we're a bit further along on the development of key maps such as Hoth.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 23 2013, 1:59pm replied:

Yeah, sorry, Round 5.

:p

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 23 2013, 12:25pm replied:

Indeed, it was more a lack of players that scuppered this week's games, though my totally crippling crash (as noted above) didn't help.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 23 2013, 12:22pm says:

After some issues this weekend, mostly due to quite low numbers, (one Rebel, Zaphod possibly playing as Dak "I feel I can take on the whole Empire myself" Ralter).

But also some technical issues, some players couldn't log on to the server, and I had some issues of my own (I had a bizarre crash which wiped out all my game settings after the first round). We have had to postpone the event.

So now Round: 4 will instead be held next weekend. So this will feature the same maps as highlighted in last week's Campaign Results Update. So that will be the maps Endor Strike Team & Clearing, plus the space map Strike at Parmel, so don't miss it guys. Should be good, if we can get the numbers together.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 20 2013, 10:48am says:

Yeah, the light applications are a little too heavy handed, perhaps adjusting the levels in PS will give you a subtler effect more in keeping with how it looks in the movies. With a little tweaking it should look spot on. How does the light side look? Be interesting to see what colour you use to deal with all that global urbanisation.

+1 vote   media: A Sign Of Things To Come - Coruscant
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 18 2013, 12:00pm replied:

I believe it is linked to the details you give when you register on the FS forums, though I could be mistaken there, it maybe as is the case with other on-line games based off of the location from which you play.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 16 2013, 7:50pm replied:

Yeah, Sunday 22nd at 8pm BST.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 16 2013, 6:43pm replied:

What's that a link to, the image for the Heavy Weapons Class? If so it is there, as there are players who have that as their preferred class in the top 10 players and the image appears fine on their stats.

Actually, they are Rebel Heavy Weapons, you're Imperial. Will check it out.

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TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 15 2013, 6:43pm says:

Good games tonight, thanks to all those who came.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 15 2013, 6:26pm replied:

Looked at your stats, and that space is usually where your preferred class (based on your stats) goes, so I'm not sure what's happened there.Perhaps for some reason you haven't registered a fave class yet, maybe you have equal stats for more than one class or something? I'm just guessing here.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 15 2013, 6:21pm replied:

Weird, I'm wondering if it is something to do with PunkBuster? That said, after the official rounds were over we all seemed to be getting the same issue with locking up after a round and then banging out of the server. Twigs is going to look at it. Seems weird how it was stable enough until PB was re-enabled, so there might still be a connection there.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 15 2013, 2:47pm replied:

8pm BST. In about 10/15 minutes.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 15 2013, 2:09pm says:

Remember the matches are starting earlier tonight, so they'll be commencing in about an hour, see you then.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 14 2013, 2:39pm says:

Just posting a quick reminder that this week's games will commence at 8pm ( one hour earlier) BST.

See you on the battlefield troopers!

+1 vote   article: Rebel Defiance Campaign 2: Round 3 Results
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 13 2013, 11:58pm replied:

Well going from the response we've had, with one of you being okay with a match time change, and the rest of you having not responded so I'll assume you're all okay with it, from this weekend the Campaign matches will commence at 8pm BST (1 hour earlier).

So we'll see you there on Sunday.

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 9 2013, 5:47pm replied:

If you're a registered player follow this link regarding match times and whether you want to see them changed.

Rebeldefiance.clanteam.com

Cheers

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 9 2013, 3:24am replied:

Well if the current time doesn't work for you just let us know, and if no one else has issues with a change we might be able to accommodate you.

Though I thought the last campaign ran at 9pm BST too?

+1 vote   mod: First Strike
TALON_UK
TALON_UK Sep 8 2013, 7:26pm replied:

There was no team jumping today, but because the Rebels had too few numbers tonight, Twigs as an admin is allowed to play for the team with too few players to balance things up. Was a shame there were so few Rebel players tonight, hopefully they'll be back in force next week.

To be fair tonight's maps are hard on the Imperial faction, especially Ryloth, and need greater numbers than we had tonight to allow them to be played to their full potential.

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