New Poll: Favorite Faction Fun Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

We have a new poll today that asks which of the famous major faction logos is your favorite. We threw in the Church of Man's eyeball sigil for good measure too. There are a few more obscure ones out there, but we think one of these five will be the winner. DefianceIndustries also made these pretty graphics for us a while back, so it's a great opportunity to get some more use out of them!
The old poll asked about your favorite feature in our streaming web show All Wings Considered. The portions where LOAF streams gameplay came out on top, which is good, because there's been lots of exciting cockpit action in the mix lately! The Cargo Bay where we show off newly acquired collectibles of the week has a lot of fans, and people also like the Afterburner Slideshow where the team shows off a variety of neat pictures to address Q&A topics or share other significant subjects of interest. You can check out all 17 episodes online here!

All Wings Considered - Episode 17 - LIVE! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The latest episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which features news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week's Nav Points include:

  • Privateer and conversation! Chat live while we earn an Orion.
  • Did Colonel Blair really take a vacation to the same beach he found the Concordia at?
  • Zathras, yes. Zathras.
  • Your first look at the 3D printed Pewter Planet!
  • Privateer 2 ship of the week: the Icarus

Missed the stream? The replay will be available below once it has been processed by YouTube. You can subscribe to the AWC channel for future notifications here.

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Wing Commander Tested on FM Towns Marty Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Re.Enthused has posted a video of getting Wing Commander going on the FM Towns Marty. The Marty was a console variant of the Japanese PC variant FM Towns. The two shared limited cross-compatibility, so it's really interesting to see that it runs! It requires the optional keyboard just to get past the initial screen where players input their name and callsign, but everything seems to load. Speed and smoothness definitely take a big hit and most sound seems broken, but it's still pretty neat. If you're not as familiar with this version, it's also fascinating to see the minor differences. Overall graphics are pretty similar, but the load screen displays "Start Secret Missions 2" alongside the normal prompts for Vega Campaign, Continue and Secret Mission 1. On PC, SM2 has its own separate executable. Overall, I'd say this is a successful experiment!

Arena Not Appearing on Xbox One Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

It's E3 week, so that means the news has been full of gaming announcements. There's lots of new AAA games and cutting edge hardware that grab the most headlines, but a minor note in the Microsoft lineup caught our attention. The latest batch of Xbox/Xbox 360 backwards compatibility updates for Xbox One will be the last. This means that Wing Commander Arena won't be making the jump to the current generation of consoles. It was always a long shot, but with more than 600 games ported over in the past several years, there were some really awesome obscure titles included that gave us some hope. There would have been some nice advantages such as enhanced team/party chat, built-in screenshot/video capture and just an overall commitment to sustained longevity on the platform. As it is, it's already quite impressive that the game is still fully supported on Xbox Live after nearly twelve years. In fact, it was only just released in Japan earlier this year! Ostensibly, the reason for discontinuing the Xbox 360 focus is so that the team can focus on ensuring the entire current gen catalog works on the next generation of systems. Although perhaps even less likely than showing up the Xbox One, it's not impossible that Arena could eventually show up there. Just a few years ago, Microsoft was firmly against compatibliity between generations - and things have drastically improved since then. And stranger things have happened! You can still buy Wing Commander Arena here!

Modern Cockpit Created with Retro Style Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Howard Day took a break from his day job to show off an interesting new illustrating technique. The result is a remarkable pixel art reproduction of the Hornet cockpit. We've seen later WC designs imported to the earlier engines as well as plenty of upgrades that take the original designs to the next level, but this is something in between. It would be interesting to imagine a retro pixel space sim that looks more like the original Wing Commanders at a higher resolution. It could be something like this!
Well, I bet DanFessler never thought I'd try his Index Painting technique in #3DSMax... to my complete delight it works wonderfully! Here it is working well on an upgraded 2x scale WC Hornet cockpit. Near perfect pixel art, no tweaking!

Remodeled Frigates Locked & Loaded Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

DefianceIndustries has another beautiful WC4 capship to share, and this time it's the Caernaven class frigate. We don't see too many frigates in the Wing Commander universe, so it's good to see them out in full force in The Price of Freedom. They're a slightly less beefy build than most designs, but Defiance has nicely modeled their side missile pods to give them a potent punch. He has quite a talent for giving these ships some real personality!
My WC4 era kick continues. We did a destroyer, now we get a frigate. Hooray for the Caernaven class frigate. Apparently these guys are the Talons of capships - just about everybody has one. We have Confed (which in WC4 livery is really plain. boo for post-war color schemes!). We have the Union, and my personal favorite the Pirate version.

I took the most liberties with the pirate version. The original one was just solid orange. This version seems more piratical. Arrrgh Avast! Walk the airlock and all that. Anyway enjoy. I guess I'll have to do a Tallahassee at some point... hmmmmm….

Countdown to Party Time! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

It's hard to believe, but we're already well into June and the (northern) summer is practically here. That means that it's once again time for us to start getting ready for the CIC Birthday Party! Just like we have for the last few years, we'll be shifting the observed date slightly to accommodate various conflicts. We hope you can join us on Saturday, August 17, at 7:00 pm EDT (4:00 pm PDT and 11:00 pm GMT). This year we'll be celebrating the CIC's 21st, which is hard to believe!


The party will take place in #Wingnut on our Discord server. As always, you're welcome to drop by the chat room any time beforehand to join in the fun. We're still working out the specifics, but for the first time, there's a chance we might also have an accompanying simultaneous live stream to take the excitement to a whole new dimension! Stay tuned for more details as the event approaches.


Pack-a-day Habit: Wing Commander Edition Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Ryanek has a YouTube channel dedicated to a novel concept: opening a pack of cards/collectibles each day and filming the results. Wing Commander was recently up, so we got a chance to see what treasure's in store. I really love this. I've heard this type of video is really popular with young kids, but now I can start to understand the appeal! In fact, I'd really enjoy a stream of someone opening up a whole box of WC CCG boosters and carefully recounting what they find.
Today I opened a 14 card pack of Wing Commander CCG, pulling a Luck: Shift in Battle Rare! Fun little game I played long ago. I will list the pack contents on ebay under ryanek-- thanks for watching!

All Wings Considered - Episode 16 - LIVE! Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

The latest episode of ALL WINGS CONSIDERED is live now! All Wings Considered is the CIC's first ever streaming variety show which features news, conversation and gameplay relating to our favorite series. This week's Nav Points include:

  • More Privateer grind! Privateer grind forever!
  • Dundradal takes on the Gauntlet
  • Fleet Action Book Club, Chapters 8 & 9
  • Privateer 2 ship of the week: the Jendevi

Missed the stream? The replay will be available below once it has been processed by YouTube. You can subscribe to the AWC channel for future notifications here.

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New Handbook Launches for Tabletop Game Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Adm_Maverick is back with a new publication of his tabletop WC game's handbook. It includes new details on the 'activation phase' as well as new rules for communications abilities. There are also special effects for certain weapons as well as standard cannon engagement range tweaks. Everything works in conjunction with the 3d prints he's developing to complete the experience. You can grab the update and check it out for yourself here.
Okay this took a bit longer then I had intended it to take, but got the player handbook updated.

Flying Hornet Jazzed Up With Squaron Colors Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

AircPirateNinsei's impressive Hornet model flies great, and now it looks even better. He's designed a handful of slick decals based on the original WC1 cutscenes to give the fighter even more flair. A local print shop was able to turn these into adhesive foil labels for about $20. There's even a nifty QR code that can be applied so other people can easily scan the craft and find directions on how to build their own. You can find the instructions online here and follow the ongoing development at the Flite Test Forums.
I've reworked the decals again and especially included the KILLER BEES Logo, which can be seen in the game, when the canopy closes. The decal sheet has a size of 800 x 550 mm (31.5 x 21.65 in). I have also added Airc Pirates logos if anyone wants to use them. And I created a QR code with the URL to the download page. I will stick it on my new Hornet and interested people on the flying field can start their QR scanners in the smartphones and visit the download page.

Have fun!:)

Southampton Cruises the Border Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

DefianceIndustries' latest model is the stalwart Southampton class destroyer. The solid stubby look is fully intact, and you can really see in these shots how well armed it is for its size. I don't usually say this, but I even like the dark look in the third image since it's got a really great glowing illumination effect from the engine intakes. There's even a Border Worlds paint scheme, and that variant is the star of a bonus wallpaper where the ship takes a few shots at a harassing Bearcat.
Well if you're gonna do a Lexington, you also need to do an escort, I mean you can't have a fleet carrier floating around unescorted can you? So here you go, one WC4-style Southampton DDG. Complete with a variety of paint jobs. We have your Confed variety, and of course, the Union gets one too.

Pewter Planet Coming to a Dress Uniform Near You Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Famous Origin artist Denis Loubet is back with a new Wing Commander item. He's been experimenting with 3D printing for some time, and we've been excited at the possibility of something out of the WC series. The Terran Confederation Medal of Honor has been at the top of our list, and that's exactly what's on the docket here. A prototype design has been put together as a type of pin, but LOAF has gone one step further and found the exact type of ribbon necessary to make it perfect. They still need to work out the details of how the two components might be attached, but this is already a great start. We can't wait to see the finished product!
Sorry for the long wait, but I finally created a 3D printing file for the Terran Confederation Inter-Congressional Medal of Honor! You can order it now, but before you do I want to ask the forum what kind of attachment to the ribbon do you want on the back of the medal? Note that the thing I'm selling is only the ringed planet part of the medal. It will take people with more cosplay-cred than I have to complete the medal with the full ribbon and pin treatment.

But there you go! For such a simple design, it was surprisingly difficult to get it just right. I wanted the rings to be flat, and yet look like they're going behind the planet. That required some tedious tweaking, but it finally paid off. Right now I have it only in the steel materials, but if you scroll to the bottom of the material list you can see the Polished Bronze looks really nice. Of course it's correspondingly more expensive. :-(

'New' WC3 Ad Stars in Pentium Campaign Update ID Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

Woah! I’ve never seen this ad before:

It's part of a mid-90s cross-promotion between Origin and Intel. Most of the print media focused on Origin’s air combat games, Pacific Strike and Wings of Glory. But WC did show up in a commercial narrated by Levar Burton!
The shot in the magazine ad above uses one of the first published pre-release screenshots from Wing Commander III which features an Arrow and a triangular Kilrathi transport. The triangle transport didn’t make it to the finished game! PC (and Mac and PlayStation) pilots know the Kilrathi transport as a sort of long latticework ship. The design shows up in Wing Commander IV... but again only in a cutscene, you only see Kilrathi shuttles in-engine. It even shows up as the Kilrathi transport in the Wing Commander TCG! What’s happening here? Turns out it was cut late because of a clipping issue and replaced with the model for the Kilrathi tanker, which was the intended role of the latticework ship. But the mesh is still stored in the games files and it was restored for the 3DO released! The Arrow model in the screenshot is also very early! It’s much closer to the version used in Wing Commander Armada than the final one in WC3. Armada was forked from WC3 early in development including the in-progress models for the Arrow and Dralthi. Some years later I got to name some of the unnamed ships from Armada, WC3 and WC4 in the manual for Wing Commander Arena. I remembered both transports!
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