Artwork for Wing Commander 3

Wing Commander 3 Box Art

In the news: Wing Commander III Box Art (2011/09/13)
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

There's no question that Heart of the Tiger's box art was designed to evoke the original Star Wars posters--it even uses the X-Wing-like Longbow bomber rather than the more emblematic Excalibur! Still, the art is magnificent!

Early Sketches of Ships and Characters

In the news: Pretty Sketchy! (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

A collection of sketches developed early in the design process of Wing Commander III, from which both 3D models of ships were built and actors were cast.

Gunnery Control From Sketch to Finished Product

In the news: Building Gunnery Control (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown
Donated by: Mark Vearrier

How much work did it take to 'build' one of Wing Commander III's virtual sets? Check out the evolution of Gunnery Control, from the initial concepts to the finished render!

Set Sketches

In the news: All Set (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown
Donated by: Mark Vearrier

How much work did it take to 'build' one of Wing Commander III's virtual sets? Check out the evolution of Gunnery Control, from the initial concepts to the finished render!

Bigger Cockpit Renders

In the news: More Cockpit Room (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown
Donated by: Craig Halverson

Here's a rare treat--"bigger" renders of two of Wing Commander III cockpits, courtesy of Origin artist Craig Halverson. In this shot from his portfolio you get to see areas of the screen cut off in the actual game!

Crash Site Test Render

In the news: Mistral Mistral (2011/09/13)
Project: WC3
Date: Unknown

Here's an interesting comparison--a shot from Wing Commander III's early test rendering (first) compared with the finished game (second); note how much the set was changed as time went on... even the fighter class in the air above was switched!

Thrakhath Head and Flight Suit

In the news: Close up, with the Cats (2011/09/13)
Project: WC3


Kilrathi Hand

In the news: You're Going to Need It (2011/08/11)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3, Kilrathi Saga

When it came time to design the Kilrathi Saga box's claw logo, Origin's artists didn't just render what they thought a Kilrath hand might look like... they dressed up in a real one to see how it would look! This set of test photos was taken to determine what the 3D rendering should look like--you can trace the development from the original picture of the emperor all the way to the render itself! Most impressive, the photo session seems to have lasted six hours and required multiple hand models.

Kilrathi Saga Calendar Sketches

In the news: Pretty, Sketchy (2011/08/11)
View: Gallery
Project: WC1, WC2, WC3

This set of awesome sketches--created throughout the development of the first three Wing Commander games--originally appeared in the 1997 Kilrathi Saga calendar. Now you can see them all at their original resolution!

High Res Manual Ship Renders

In the news: Everything Looks Better in Black and White (2011/08/11)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3

These incredible renderings were created by Origin for their Official Guide to Wing Commander III. Now you can see them at the highest possible resolution--and learn every rivet on the side of your Excalibur...

Vukar Tag Sketch

In the news: Vukar (2011/08/11)
Project: WC3


Blair's Locker Photos

In the news: Clean Your Lockers (2011/08/11)
Project: WC3
Scanned by: NinjaLA


Unused Kilrathi Flight Deck Render

In the news: Aboard the Supercarriers (2011/08/11)
Project: WC3

This image was discovered among Origin's publications material and is not seen in the game itself. It's a high resolution render of the empty flight deck of a Kilrathi Bhantkara-class heavy carrier.

High Res Wing Commander 3 Imagery

In the news: High Res Adventures (2011/09/13)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3

A collection of high resolution Wing Commander III images intended for print.

Wing Commander 3 Sheet Music

In the news: Music to my Eyes (2011/08/11)
View: Gallery
Project: WC3

This Wing Commander 'sheet music' was found on an Origin disc. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like you can use it to play the Wing Commander III soundtrack yourself. ace says: "It looks like it's just the first 20 seconds of the WC3 escort MIDI. It seems to be the same MIDI file that's on the CIC and doesn't fix any of the oddities to make it more sheet music friendly. I wonder if Oldziey wrote this stuff out on paper or some other format before doing the MIDI. I have to imagine he had some format where he could play it all on the piano by himself or something. That would be awesome."

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