What goes into all those amazing models like the Broadsword and Scimitar? Here's an example of the texture wizardry that goes into the final look. It takes an awesome model to set the right shape, but these skins deliver the finishing touch.
In light of the front page post on the CIC, I thought I'd share a little more behind-the scenes info on the process. In the original run-up, I gave a description of a 2nd layer multiplicative texture map that covers the whole ship and lets us do an AO bake and squadron markings. Well, here's three examples of what that looks like.
Here's the thing about the lost fiction. In this episode, Zero e-mails us: "Hope everyone read the BLUE HORIZON incident report. If you haven’t, well, sleep tight." In spite of that, no one missed it -- because the fiction cried wolf so many times about material being available when it wasn't. Is it possible that there's a Blair memorial transcript or a document pack from Zero's dad out there that were never used? Or at least that these were planned and dropped?
Looks confusing as all out, I know, but the important areas are the upper right, with the two big end-of-the-wing-panels, and the center left, with the area around the cockpit.
These updates are thanks to John "Captain Johnny" Guentzel, who provided several CD image archives of material used by the Wing Commander Prophecy development team!
Web Fiction - Episode 6 Positive
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Date: July 26, 1998
Project: Wing Commander Secret Ops
Donated By: John Guentzel
Academy Script: Walking Wounded
As promised, a second Wing Commander Academy episode is now available! Today's script covers episode nine, "Walking Wounded." The episode starts with a cut scene that was intended to better establish Maniac's character for the episode, a scene taken from Wing Commander IV where he uncomfortably hits on a new Tiger's Claw bridge officer. (2019-01-15)
Hands-On Hot Hardware
LOAF has recently been accumulating some neat '90s hardware with a connection to Wing Commander. The first is a customizable keyboard device with different profiles for various sims. The Katt "Games Master Keyboard" also supported Strike Commander, X-Wing and a couple of Ultimas. (2019-01-14)
Wing Commander Meme of the Day: Ten Year Challenge
2663 vs 2673. Yes I know that 2663 Blair should be wearing captain’s bars instead of silver eagles. (2019-01-13)
WC3 Review Covers PSX Highs and Lows
OurStorySoFar has posted a video review of Wing Commander 3. This one focuses on the Playstation port. While this is decidedly not the best version of the game, there's some neat things such as color VDUs and other interface changes that are interesting to see if you're most familiar with the PC version. (2019-01-12)
Sticker Shock: Super Wing Commander Edition
Super cool eBay find courtesy of Music Guru: Japanese 3DO stickers... with Paladin from Super Wing Commander! (2019-01-11)