War Wind III - Yavaun's Downfall

War Wind III - Yavaun's Downfall

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War Wind III - Yavaun's Downfall

Title: War Wind III - Yavaun's Downfall
Pixel Artist: Jinn  (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu) :: 44007 points)
Posted: 9/2/2022 06:43
Palette: 193 colors
Statistics:  9 comments    26 faves    0 avatars

"After the events in 'Human Onslaught', Yavaun was taken by corruption. The four factions (Obblinox, Tha' Roon, Shama' Li and Eaggra) will once again fight for survival. Which side you choose will determine the winner, and the salvation (or damnation) of the World."

It was a total blast finally working on a mockup for this idea. War Wind was my gem back then, and I've been studying its style for years. It sure influenced my work a lot. I wish I had more time to further polish it, add structures and maybe trim down the color count (since some were probably used only once or twice), but it is what it is, and I hope you'll like it!

Disclamer: I started working on the portraits prior to the challenge announcement (but finished/polished them into the time frame of the WC), I chose to add them just so the Mockup would feel "complete". Everything else was made after the announcement. So plase take that into consideration. Here's a version without the portraits if you want to take a look before voting/rating: https://i.imgur.com/KVB60FY.png

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Palette used (extracted from the og games).

You can check War Wind I (for free) and II (for very cheap) on GOG and Steam :)

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Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 9/23/2022 01:51

I think I never played it because to me it kind of looked like a Warcraft clone but I will def check it out  after your suggestion :)

By the way, here's my Windows 98 Pentium III Voodoo 3 3000 retro PC build with an IBM Model-M mechanical keyboard, you might like it :) LINK

I also have a collection of big box PC games from 90's.

Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 9/22/2022 06:31

@TheodenThanks! My first experience with War Wind 1 was a demo that came on a magazine (I believe it was an edition of 'CD-ROM Today'?), so I can totally relate. And if you find some time, you should check the game, its art is great. 

Theoden (Level 10 Operative) @ 9/22/2022 03:21

Very cool stuff.
Never played the series but I always saw screenshots of it on PC gaming magazines back in 90s. I am a huge 90s PC gaming fan.

Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 9/9/2022 07:02

@JerryPieThank you very much! I got a few hiccups here and there, but I'm pleased about how it turned out

JerryPie (Level 11 Big Foot) @ 9/8/2022 22:39

Masterful tile work. Can hardly find duplicates

Jinn (Level 11 Cthulhu (The Call of Cthulhu)) @ 9/5/2022 07:53

@Taks: I'm so glad my piece got someone to play War Wind, it's such an underrated game! Hope you like it

@Artificer-111: I've played a little bit of Dark Reign and Krush Kill and Destroy back in the day, and I do see some similarities in the style, yes. I really miss that era of RTS. Something about its simplicity in gameplay contrasting with very laborious looking units and structures (same goes for Wacraft II, Dark Colony, and so many others).

As for the sprites, I guess the simple answer is that I made them after the tiles (which I tried to put as many details as I could but in a specific range of dark colors), so I made sure they would "pop" from the background, using lighter colors and darker shadows. Since the palette was set in stone (by a personal challenge I put on myself), I wouldn't have too much room for fixing it otherwise.

Thank you very much!

Taks (Level 6 Chrysanthemum) @ 9/4/2022 21:42

Downloaded War Wind I, and currently playing the campaign. I picked the Shama' Li faction 

Artificer-111 (Level 4 Scientist) @ 9/3/2022 09:27

I've not heard of War Wind before, although it reminds me a lot of Dark Reign and Krush Kill and Destroy.  regardless I really like this as a strategy game mockup. Takes a lot of the intricate details you would get in the textures of these games but cleaned up to a level where they don't collapse under scrutiny or present as much readability issues. Really like the interlocking patterns present in the undergrowth, units sprites are great too - I'm curious how difficult you found it to get them to read on the environment. The rim lighting in abundance of texture on the portraits as well as UI elements is a nice capstone to really sell it as well. Definitely going to have to look up the games now, great work Jinn!

specialmin64 (Level 3 Litter) @ 9/2/2022 07:41

this is awesome! I like the gratuitous textures and 90s grime you slathered over everything. Much better than most games from that time but similar in spirit

edit: I just looked up war wind 2 and that game does have really nice graphics as well (though I still prefer your interpretation). I can definitely see the connection between that and other stuff you've made

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