There's been a big change on Frontiere - Prelude to Darkness! For the next chapter, character animation will go from 2D to 3D with new three dimensional models. This change mirrors a shift that occurred in spaceflight rendering during the early stages of the fan movie's production. This should definitely add some new spice to shipboard and ground sequences, and there's still plenty of space combat to come as well!
This week has seen a revolution in Frontier – the old 2D characters are out the door, the new characters for Part 13 are going to all be completely 3D modelled. Right here we have Private Devers, looking very serious. This will free up the previous constraints encountered by this production, such as more fluid and free camera movements, better perspective, better actions sequences (fights, chases, the list goes on and on), etc.
So I hope you all approve of the new direction, it is my hope it brings up the quality of the film. Previously you may have noticed certain times where there were limitations on character angles, as all we saw was – Front/Side/Back, now we can go everywhere. The modeling is being done using side and front shots of the original characters to try and keep it as close to the original as possible.
In regard to Part 13, we are still getting the voice lines back from the voice actors, most of the scenes have been modelled, but as we are overhauling the characters, this Part might be coming out a bit later than usual.
UPDATE: lew let us know that ongoing technical difficulties are likely to postpone the introduction of 3D characters for quite some time. In the mean time, production of regular animated Frontier PtD continues!
The 3-D Space Combat Strategizer
Pix and Dennis Mull have both recently found an interesting compilation by Empire Interactive. The set bundles together Wing Commander, Civilization, War in the Gulf and Frontier: Elite II all in one pack. Two of them are space sims, plus there's a tank sim and a classic turn-based 4X - not unlike hundreds of various '90s packs. (2019-01-21)
Annual Community Vote Begins!
With 2018 now well in the rear view mirror and 2019 well on its way, it's time for us to jump into our annual fan project contest. We took nominations over the last couple months and have come up with this list of noteworthy endeavors to recognize. Of course, the standard disclaimer applies: this is by no means an exhaustive list of super cool things that Wingnuts have been up to lately. (2019-01-20)
Denis Loubet Remembers Aaron Allston
Former Origin artist Denis Loubet has completed another portrait. This one is a tribute to his friend and fellow Wing Commander veteran Aaron Allston. Sadly, Mr. (2019-01-19)
Chinese Secret Missions Now a Little Less Secret
Christian Klein posted these neat pics of the Secret Missions made for China/Taiwan. We've previously posted about a number of Chinese ports in the past, including WC1, SM2, WC2 and the Special Operations, but it's possible that I've not seen the SM1 before. It's nice to close the loop on that! (2019-01-18)
Wing Commander Jazz Album Discs Ready to Ship!
There's good news on George Oldziey's live Wing Commander jazz album. The production copies have finally come back, so George is ready to ship discs out to project backers. Very coolalbum art was created by SabreAce, which you can see below. (2019-01-17)