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  1. ChrisReid

    More Love for Stylish Ships (October 21, 2021)

    Last week we got a great look at Mac's WC1/2 Rapiers and Excalibur, but that wasn't the end of the line for those beautiful ships. All three have now gotten new tech draft spec sheets. Mac's testing out how they look printed, and my guess is that the results will be fantastic! As an extra...
  2. ChrisReid

    Lego Epee Zooms Off Drawing Board Into Reality (October 19, 2021)

    We've got new pictures today of Christian Klein's glorious Lego Epee. The first images revealed last month were digital renders based on the design. In there intervening weeks, Christian has sourced all of the parts from BrickLink and actually built the physical model. The results are just...
  3. ChrisReid

    Fantastic Sale Discounts Arrow Model (October 14, 2021)

    Fantastic Plastic is holding a flash sale that discounts the slick 3D printed Arrow model digitized by Alfred Wong. The original $70 price was a bit on the high side, but the marked down $55 plus shipping is pretty competitive with highly detailed models like this. We've seen this one pop up...
  4. ChrisReid

    Paul Hughes Shares Background Concepts (October 17, 2021)

    P2 developer Paul Hughes has posted another exciting piece of concept art from Privateer. It's an intriguing foursome of background scenes for what would become Hephaestus, Bex, Crius and Hermes. The piece is even signed by the team, which makes it a priceless artifact in his collection. LOAF...
  5. ChrisReid

    A Thirty Year Old Salute to General Powell (October 18, 2021)

    Upon hearing the sad news today that Colin Powell had passed away, LOAF reminded us that there was a Wing Commander ship actually named after him. It's an obvious reference in retrospect, but it stood out as odd to my ten year old brain at the time. I distinctly recall how unusual it was that...
  6. ChrisReid

    It's a Paladin Poll (October 16, 2021)

    Today we have a new poll. Sometimes people ask why Chris Roberts "changed" Paladin for the Wing Commander Movie, but Paladin has a storied history of being reimagined from one product to the next. Why isn't he Scottish in the film? Well, Claw Marks explains he's not even from Earth. James...
  7. ChrisReid

    Watch Shatner's Emotional Reaction to Visiting Space (October 13, 2021)

    Blue Origin launched Star Trek actor William Shatner into space this morning. At 90 years old, he became the oldest person to cross the threshold into space. As science fiction turns further into reality each day, these types of events have become commonplace, but this clip will still be the...
  8. ChrisReid

    Resilient Rapier Rundown (October 11, 2021)

    Mac's Lore is back with a fantastic Wing Commander fighter profile. Everyone loves the Excalibur, but long before the F-103 came online, the Rapier represented the cutting edge of Confed fighter technology. Mac has really upped his game and has arranged all kinds of impressive custom visuals...
  9. ChrisReid

    Happy Birthday Star Citizen! (October 10, 2021)

    It's hard to believe, but today marks nine years since the official unveiling of Chris Roberts' Star Citizen to the world. Due to the pandemic, the festivities have been virtual, but that means everyone has easy access to all the content they've prepared. The party is primarily being hosted...
  10. ChrisReid

    Space Sim Options for Nintendo Switch Owners (October 8, 2021)

    Nintendo shipped its new aptly named Switch (OLED Model) today, so we wanted to point out a few options for Wingnuts with the new console. These are all perfectly valid for existing owners of the prior revisions as well. Space Commander: War and Trade is an interesting newcomer. It looks kind...
  11. ChrisReid

    The Space Police Wish They Had Hardware Like This (October 6, 2021)

    LOAF followed the Bricks with Wings instructions that we posted about last year, and I'm in love with the results. I don't actually see the plans available on the BWW site anymore, but fortunately LOAF was able to source all of the necessary pieces and make a tiny squadron of Confed fighters...
  12. ChrisReid

    Space Engineers Revisit Gemini Sector (October 1, 2021)

    SpiritPlumber has put together a good first cut at a Tarsus in the game Space Engineers. The craft depicted here is still in the relatively early stages of construction, but the basic spaceframe and cockpit have come together pretty well within the limitations of the engine. We've touched on...
  13. ChrisReid

    Big B's Music Remastered (September 30, 2021)

    RedBahamut has put together a pretty epic remaster of one of George Oldziey's famous tracks. This is the music that sets the stage for escorting the Behemoth in Wing Commander 3. At five and a half minutes, it's a lengthy composition too! Give it a listen below. Oh, and if you're...
  14. ChrisReid

    A Tougher Take On the Midway (September 29, 2021)

    DefianceIndustries shared this fun new model with us today. Everyone loves a good Midway megacarrier, but the Flight IIA are much less represented in fan projects. As the story goes, the TCS Port Broughton that we see in Arena was scuttled, abandoned and them brought back to life as a floating...
  15. ChrisReid

    "And you know what they call a... a... an Akwende Projection in Paris?" (September 28, 2021)

    Barbarian_bros has posted a great set of sharp photos from the French edition of Prophecy. These aren't particularly rare items, but this is one of the best scan jobs I've seen. Most people are well acquainted with the universe map depicted here, but they may not have experienced it in another...
  16. ChrisReid

    The Rapier Is a Real Workhorse (September 27, 2021)

    Mac has several goodies to share that are a happy byproduct of the research he's been doing for his next lore video. The results include a couple of new wallpaper images that feature Klavs' Rapiers. One is a slick technical interface that evokes the classic WC1 blueprints with a modern feel...
  17. ChrisReid

    Epee Masterfully Recreated with Lego Bricks (September 26, 2021)

    Just in time for Wing Commander's 31st birthday, Christian Klein has constructed a wonderfully detailed Lego Epee. It's got everything: each wing and control surface, engine intake/nozzle and particle cannon is there. The colors are also wonderfully done, which is an extra challenge when...
  18. ChrisReid

    MK Podquest Redux (September 20, 2021)

    Last month we reported on the MK Podquest team's exploration of the Warrior King Saga. They spent the summer checking out the various chapters of the bizarre and epic four-part crossover that culminated in Michael Dorn portraying a space viking aboard the Tiger's Claw. Not everyone is into the...
  19. ChrisReid

    Setting the Record Straight on DIVX (September 24, 2021)

    We get questions from time to time from Wing Commander fans that read about the WC DIVX and the mistaken rumors of its cancellation. DIVX was a late '90s format based around single-use DVDs. Each disc was encoded and serialized to sync with an online (via dialup) account that controlled...
  20. ChrisReid

    Happy Birthday Mark Hamill! (September 25, 2021)

    Dennis Mull was the first to point out to us this weekend that today is Mark Hamill's 70th birthday. While the collective Star Wars fandom is all over this for obvious reasons, we'd like to salute Mr. Hamill on behalf of the Wing Commander community. His execution of Christopher Blair is...
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