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 @ Echo Base Hangar 7 WIP

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

And you mention Star Wars: Battlefront 3. Will we get our Hoth map out before that? I sure hope so, once again remember that we're doing this for free, and you're getting it for free, not for 50 quid. So I sure hope SW:BF3 is better than our mod, but I don't think I'm being delusional in thinking that our humble mod, and the significant other Star Wars themed shooter mods out there have played no small part in showing that there is a market out there hungry for this game and that it will have helped that to finally become a reality.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

Well that's a pretty negative post. Yes we have not released any significant new content in some time now, but the end is in sight. Our player base is currently low, but that is endemic of the former point. Our organized events do draw in new players, but only new content will have 'em stick around, and that is what we aim to give them. Hoth isn't the only map we're currently working on, and though that is not yet ready, our other maps are close, so look out for news on that front soon.

You mention the years we've been working on this mod, and it has been some time, but in that time we have released a considerable amount of content since the original release, each one building on and broadening the player experience available to those who choose to try out First Strike, including adding a single player mode and then more robust bot support to improve that experience, not to mention new maps and enhancements and polish to existing ones.

The team is now down to a skeleton crew and progress is slow, we're going to end on a high with some of our most significant maps to date before we close up shop. Are there more popular engines out there we could work on? Of course, but the engine we use does what we need it to, and in some cases, things a lot of the newer engines can't.

At the end of the day we're doing this project in our spare time, and how we decide to spend that spare time is up to us. Will people come back to First Strike in their droves to try out our new content on release? Who can say? All we can do is do the work and get it out there, and then what will be will be.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

Hi guys, don't forget the Community Games kick off in a little under an hour and a half from now (8pm GMT) on the Rebel Defiance server, hope to see you there for a couple of cracking games.

Until later.

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TALON_UK @ Galactic News Network Reveal

Nice, loving the artwork on that news post. GNN is definitely going to breathe life into the Star Wars universe you're creating. Nice touch.

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TALON_UK @ Channel Teaser - An Introduction To Excalibur

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

Community games kicking off now, so why not bob onto the Rebel Defiance server for a few rounds? See you on there.

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TALON_UK @ Echo Base Hangar 7 WIP

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.

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TALON_UK @ Battle of Hoth: Echo Base Update 02

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.

; )

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

If you're still having trouble I'd say your still in the installation process. Check the link out as it does a good job of covering any of the issues you might be running into. Most people can get First Strike to work right away, but for some people they may run into any number of issues that tend to be easy fixes. Reading that article is just a good way of discovering what they are and gives you suggestions on how to go about fixing them.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

Sorry to hear you're having problems, check out the link in the post a few below for advice on any issues you may run into during the installation process.

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TALON_UK @ Hoth (WIP) Preview - Star Wars: BattleCry

Nice work guys, excellent to see this material getting the Cry Engine treatment, looks awesome.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

Hi GunnerExurkun, welcome to the mod. Head to the link below which gives an in depth and detailed overview of the installation process for First Strike, and some of the issues you may run into and how to solve them. It might be quite old, but the material is still valid. Check that out and see if you can address your problems via that. If you still have issues after following those instructions get back in touch and we'll see what we can do.

Best of luck.

Moddb.com

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

No campaign tonight, but we'll still be around for some games, so see you on there later. Don't forget we're now on GMT rather than BST in the UK now, so the games will now commence at 8pm GMT (in about an hour and 15 minutes).

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

Aye, can be a good idea to make sure you have the correct final version of BF2142 too, as there were a few different versions initially released.

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TALON_UK @ Rebel Defiance Campaign 2: Final Results

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

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 @ First Strike

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

Campaign games kicking off now, see you in there.

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TALON_UK @ Rebel Defiance Campaign 2: Round 6 Results

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

About an hour till game time, see you there.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike 1.5 Trailer

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

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TALON_UK @ First Strike Campaign Video

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

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.

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TALON_UK @ DLT-20A Sniper (WIP screenshot)

Nice.

:)

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

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

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TALON_UK @ BlackIntel & Global Conflict First Strike Event

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.

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TALON_UK @ First Strike

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

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