Fewer Colors, But It Still Sounds Great
Mindwipe has put together a nifty tribute remix of the Amiga Wing Commander's title track. Listen below or download here. The Amiga version's unique music has a following just like the DOS edition's, and you can find additional recordings of it in another update here. The WC1 Surf Theme was even featured in an album of Amiga music!
If you don't know this, "What rock were you living under?" This remake is a rework using both an MT32 unit and the AMIGA. It's such an iconic piece it needs itself an real orchestra behind it.. However till then enjoy this version. :)
Super Heavy Fighter Bomber Uncloaks In Homeworld
Now that DefianceIndustries has turned out his fearsome F-107 Lance, L.I.F. has been able to incorporate it into the Homeworld Remastered mod. The Dragon plays the role of master-of-all-trades at a proportionately high cost. Its shiny stock configuration has also been muddied by two different textures in the last couple shots to demonstrate wear and tear. Find more pictures and let him know which paint scheme is your favorite at the CIC Forums.
Those Shooting Stars Are Laser Blasts
NinjaLA is back with another take on the classic Dralthi. This time the ship has a more realistic gloss finish, and it's portrayed from a head-on angle that gives it an exotic elliptical shape. At first glance, the Kilrathi vessel might appear to just be cruising through the night, but some of the colorful background streaks are actually its guns blazing. The fighter's shields are also flaring under the assault of an unseen attacker. There's more action in the far background - it's part of a much larger battle!
Cruise Through The Border Worlds Carefree At 7692 Klicks Per Meganewton
DefianceIndustries is back from a well earned vacation with a gorgeous new model. He's hand crafted the imposing F-107 Black Lance fighter, commonly known as the Dragon. There's even a sell sheet that's similar to the famous Playstation advertisement that portrays it like a car ad. The model is destined to wind up in the Homeworld Remastered mod, but it would add a menacing heavy hitter to any project!
I'm back!!!! Run in fear, etc. What started as a "I need a two week break to recharge" turned into "OMG 2016, why?!? Not in the face!!!" But I come bearing gifts for @L.I.F. and the HW remastered mod. I finally finished the F-107. Here she is ready to assault your enemies at will, and as an added bonus while digging through Admiral Tolwyn's archival data, I found a relic of 2367 that I thought needed posting.
Sins Of A Solar Empire Mod Gets All Fired Up
Today's update to the Wing Commander mod for Sins of a Solar Empire is all about engines. Nomada_Firefox has carefully worked within the game's limitations to get the powerful flares looking just right. The results look pretty hot! In cases where the exact number of light sources exceeded what's possible, he spaced things out for best effect. Things like these might seem minor, but they add a lot to the atmosphere and contribute to the sense that things are off when they're missing.
The latest work is to normalize everything with the change of scale. For example, the engines. If you are curious, SOASE has a limit to the amount of engine lights added for each ship. For this reason, ships such as the Waterloo do not have lights in all their engines.
Behind The Blue Screens Of The Scimitar Schematic
Joe Garrity has uncovered another gem from his vast archives. This time he's managed to secure a copy of the original Scimitar master of the blueprints included with Wing Commander 1. You can see how each of the little elements is taped in place prior to mass production - that's how layout was done back in the day! It's neat how everything is all there, plus an extra "top view" floating near the logo. Check out all four original blueprints here.
Origin was well known for the extras in the box, that drew players into the story-line, and Wing Commander was no exception. The first game in the series included 4 blueprints of the fighters the player would fly (and would double for the copy protection). This artifact is the master 'overlay' for the Scimitar medium fighter, used to make these blueprints. With graphics and specs meticulously pasted to a transparency, the item is another unique relic of a classic game.
Righteous Playthrough of Privateer and Expansion
YouTuber Hercxena has wrapped up his playthrough of Wing Commander: Privateer and the Righteous Fire expansion pack. Many people have recorded Let's Play videos of various Wing Commander installments, but smaller titles like Righteous Fire don't get much coverage. If you skipped over Privateer or Righteous Fire back in the day, you can get a taste on Hercxena's channel. The easiest way to acquire and play the DOS classics is through their digital re-release on Good Old Games.
Happy Birthday Wing Commander Academy!
Today marks 20 years since the premiere of the Academy television show on the USA Network! The animated series came at a prime time in Wing Commander history. It arrived just a few months after Wing Commander 4 & the CCG premiered and a couple months ahead of Kilrathi Saga & Privateer 2. Fans were treated to delightfully well researched story arcs as well as the familiar voices of Mark Hamill, Tom Wilson and Malcolm McDowell. As part of the Saturday morning action extreme team, it would be easy to dismiss as just another kids' cartoon, but the reality was far from it. Each episode featured themes such as the ethics of genocide, losing loved ones and debate on wartime strategy. Its art style was pretty snazzy too! The show earned significant critical acclaim and is regarded as one of the many highlights of the franchise that newcomers must experience.
Amazon lists the two-DVD set for an incredibly low $5.99. At this price, absolutely everyone should own a copy! When you get your discs, check out the viewers guide to see what order to what each episode in. They come on the disc in production order, but this differs slightly from both the way that they aired and the way that they fall in the timeline. Check back when it's time to make sense of the Warrior King or figure out which ships can be seen throughout space. You can even hit up Shapeways for a small 3D print of the Academy Tiger's Claw.
All news for September 2016 can be found here
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