Klavs tipped us off about the amazing creations of John Douglass. He's been building physical spaceship models for more than fifteen years, and many of them have been carefully catalogued on his website. His designs are inspired by many different things, and several have a Wing Commander basis. The first ship below is the classic Drayman. He's taken the transport through numerous iterations beyond the Drayman II, but the very first one really resonates for anyone who remebers escort missions in the Vega Sector. There's also a Heretic from Privateer 2, which is painted an energetic orange. The third ship pictured below is a Kilrathi Fralthi, and it's one of a few of his warships based on the design. It's amazing how much that side profile resembles the original!
My first computer game was Wing Commander. I've built several ships inspired by it, mostly Fralthi Cruisers. One of my favorites, though, was the little, seldom seen, Drayman-Class freighter. I built one once, back before I took many pictures, making it look quite a bit like the original, even down to the paint scheme. Having become inured to any structural sensitivities by years of watching Star Trek, I can appreciate what makes the Drayman design so interesting.
Kilrathi Invade German Convention
There's more Wing Commander cosplayers out there than we thought! st3lt3k found a pair of Kilrathi warriors who were on the scene at the Stuttgart Comicon just last year. A casual observer might be excused for thinking these are space cats from another series, but upon closer inspection, there are Kilrathi symbols on their shoulder patches and Kilrathi text on the front of their costumes. (2018-12-13)
WCSO Model Upgrade Pack Gets Enhanced Lighting & Bigger Better Models
We've got several new updates to share on the Secret Ops Model Upgrade Pack today. DefianceIndustries is working hard to prep the next big update to the playable test package. In addition to a variety of incremental improvements and graphical refinements, it will also feature a cool lighting upgrade made in conjunction with Dark Sentinel and Pedro. (2018-12-12)
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: Skill Tree
Now how do we weaponize this for the cockpit? (2018-12-11)
Discover The Darkening Under Development
Here's a neat Privateer 2 preview that Pix recently found. It's from the September 1995 edition of PC Home. This was just before the game officially became a Privateer title, but the article draws the connection that The Darkening's existence owes itself to Wing Commander 3 & 4's live video success. (2018-12-10)
Space Gets More Crowded in Homeworld Mod
The latest addition to the Homeworld Remastered Mod is both beautiful and deadly. L.I. (2018-12-09)