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War of Ancients: Well of Eternity machinima


Back in January 2013  I briefly talked about machinima creators taking the old World of Warcraft models and creating amazing animations with them in a post called, Taking the Old and making it New. One of the creators was Vaanel whom was making beautiful custom models for a movie based on Richard A. Knaak's Well of Eternity novel. After four years in the making it has finally arrived!

Poster Credit: Vaanel: http://vaanel.deviantart.com
War of Ancients Screencaps:

Titans
Stunning backgrounds
Malygos
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The Well of Eternity machinima in full screen as it does have subtitles. It's best seen at: World of Warcraft Movies or manual link (http://www.warcraftmovies.com/movieview.php?id=242541) or at Youtube:


The movie is nearly two hours long but it boasts stunning backgrounds, beautiful custom models, and a great cast of voice actors. Grab some popcorn and have a great time!

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Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed


The release date for Warlords of Draenor may have took us all by surprise; November 13th, 2014. I was one of the many that was hoping for a release date on October 14th. A month later may not seem much but I'm sure a great deal can agree with me that we are more than ready for new content to play.

The Dark Portal has many surprises in store for us all
At any rate we now have a date that we can countdown and look forward to coming soon. Blizzard pulled out all the stops at as they debuted not only the release date for the expansion but also a cinematic, a new animation preview of Lords of War, and a revamped teaser trailer of the Warlords of Draenor expansion.

Have a look if you haven't already or re-experience the thrill of what is to come:

Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Trailer



What do you think? Looks like we have a whole mess on our hands. Garrosh Hellscream certainly knows how to stop at nothing to achieve his goals doesn't he?

If that wasn't enough we were also given a new features video that highlights the Warlords of Draenor expansion and what players can look forward to experiencing:

Warlords of Draenor Features video



New dungeons and regions to explore. What did you think about the moving train dungeon? The fights look intense. Did you catch a glimpse of Rexxar(in an old model still) or how about Teron Gorefiend the first Death knight? Does watching this video make you want to play the expansion more?

A new animated series called, Lords of War, also debuted. A intimate look at each of the warlords history with a sort of Gods of War or 500 movie look and feel:

Lords of War Teaser trailer



Interesting right? In case you are wondering what the music track to this teaser trailer is the song is called: Warlords of Draenor - Warsong. Feel free to listen to it here or a manual link to: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddYpXY3_wn4) The chanting chorus doesn't begin until about 2:43 minutes into the track.

On the same note the first episode has been released:

Lords of War Part One

King Varian appears
The story is in this type of animation

Parents please be warned that the video does have blood/gore and is violent in a lot of places. This first episode revolves around Kargath Bladefist and the Shattered Hand's orgin.



It will be interesting to see the rest of the episodes as it helps to teach the lore behind the characters. At the very least it will make a bit more sense to as to why we should care about helping or defeating the Warlords of Draenor.

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Warlords World Premiere

Today the Blizzard Blues have given World of Warcraft players a huge announcement. The Cinematic and Release Date of Warlords of Draenor will be revealed together at a live event on August 14th at the Los Angeles Ace Theatre. What's more is that if you physically attend the live event then a beta key for Warlords will be guaranteed!

This is actually the art for the expansion box as well

Originally Posted by Blizzard:

A storm of iron is headed Azeroth’s way—be among the first to witness its fury at the world premiere of the Warlords of Draenor cinematic! Join Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime, Chris Metzen, and World of Warcraft designers Ion Hazzikostas and Brian Holinka for the grand unveiling, streamed live from the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles. But that’s not all—we’ll also host a live interview with the WoW developers, announce the Warlords of Draenor launch date, and debut the first episode of a new animated lore mini-series: Lords of War. You won’t want to miss it!

When: Thursday, August 14 at 9:30 a.m. PDT

Where: Join us on WorldofWarcraft.com to watch the live stream, or attend** the event live at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, located at 929 South Broadway in Los Angeles. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.)

Live Attendee Bonus: Anyone who joins us live and in person in L.A. will also receive a beta key for Warlords of Draenor.* 

*Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get there early! Beta keys will be given out to everyone who comes down for the live event.

**Please note: World of Warcraft is rated T for Teen; some content on display at the event may not be suitable for children ages of 12 or younger. Anyone 12 years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult.

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Note: If you are an EU player and attending the Gamescom event you can view the show and live event from Gamecom at 9 AM PDT. For more information visit Blizzard's Gamescom page here or a manual link at: (http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/events/gamescom-2014.html)

Exciting news at last. August 14th can't come soon enough!
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World of Warcraft movie logo and props

At the San Diego Comic Convention a logo, shield and sword, and a famous hammer were showcased for all to see. Duncan Jones movie adaptation of World of Warcraft has been surrounded in the most part in a veil of secrecy. It's great to be able to see a sneak peek at what we can expect.

The Logo:

Flames of red  alongside the blue cover the name
The coloring of the logo is both red(Horde) and blue(Alliance). If you recall from last years Blizzcon it was hinted that this movie would attempt to depict both sides as neither good or evil. However doesn't it seem like the red flames are overtaking the blue color? I'm probably looking too much at it but it seems that way.

Alliance gold shield and sword:

Large weapons held by human hands
A full body shield with a gold lion crest sits next to a very large ornate sword. Could this be the weapons to the main Alliance character of the movie? This set seems far too detailed to belong to all of the solidiers in the Alliance army. Time will tell...

Detailed view of the sword:

The hilt to the Alliance sword
Up close we can see the amazing amount of detail put into the hilt of the sword. Two blue gems set in a diamond shape shine brightly against the heavy metal. I do have to say that it seems to be a very heavy sword to have to handle. The Alliance member that welds this blade has great strength.

The Doomhammer:

A very huge weapon indeed
"It is called the Doomhammer because when its owner takes it into battle, it spells doom for the enemy." - Orgrim Doomhammer

Composed of solid granite the Doomhammer is a weapon relic that is passed down from father to son. In the picture above you can tell how large the weapon scales to a human hand. The orcs are undoubtedly built larger and are fully capable of welding this great hammer with ease.

More to Come:

This Saturday there will be a Legendary panel at the Comic Convention. Everyone is anticipating more teasers to be revealed.

What do you think of the movie logo and weapons thus far? Wouldn't it be great if these items were one day auctioned off to the public after the movie is released? Imagine the possibilities of owning one of the pieces for your own collection!

Credit Source: All of the pictures in this entry are courtesy of Bashiok from his Twitter feed located here or a manual link to the URL:(https://twitter.com/Bashiok)

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Female Tauren Artwork Revealed


Today, Chris Robinson, the senior art director of the World of Warcraft art department revealed the progress the team has made with the female Tauren.

Portrait:

Before(left) and After(right)
Right off the bat we can tell that the old model of the Tauren female pales in comparison to the new model. The textures are more refined. The horns atop her head have better shading. The shaggy mane of hair looks more like hair strands than tufts of chomped grass. She also has a round chest area instead of a flat plane.

Front with various poses:

She has teeth at last!
In the picture above we can see the old model standing side-to-side with the new model. One of the things that Chris Robinson mentioned in the Artcraft reveal was that the Tauren female had exaggerated features even for World of Warcraft. The hands especially were out of control. Although she retains large hands they are not so overtly huge as the original were. Note the pose with braids on the right. The Tauren female now also has pearly white teeth!

Backside with more expressions:

A strong backside and poofy tail

The new female Tauren's backside shows refined shading and textures. No longer does she sport a shaggy back. We can also see that she has elbows and muscle definition that connects to her tail. Facial expressions are now possible with the new model. The original lacked in nearly everything. This is something that was beyond the control of the artists when the Tauren female was first created. Now we can see how far she really has come along thanks to the efforts of the World of Warcraft art department.

Thoughts about the design:

By far, out of all the artwork reveals I think this one shows great improvement over the original form. The Human male comes in a very close second place. Personally, I do want to like all of this design. However, there is something about her face that is throwing me off kilter. I think it's her nose being too large that appears to give her a masculine look and feel. The nose on the new female Tauren looks way too big.to me. If it was a little bit smaller I believe it would give her a more feminine look without destroying the 'monster' appearance that she is nicely displaying. Despite that nitpick of mine I feel that the new Tauren female has come out looking ace.

What do you think? Is this a vast improvement on the old model or is the new model simply not cutting it?

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- All My Alts

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CarBot Animations: Warsong Gulch episode

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Murlocs, murlocs everywhere!
Jonathon Burton is the creator of the fun animated antics of CarBot Animations. Using a cute drawing style, animation, and a quirky sense of humor, he creates a series of cartoon parodies. One of the newest cartoon series CarBot Animations has begun creating is based on the World of Warcraft.

The latest episode is based on a Horde vs Alliance PVP match in the heart of Warsong Gulch. Have a look for yourself at this amazing animator's work --

Wowcraft Episode 7 Warsong Gulch (Part 1)
Creator: Jonathon Burton



Visit CarBot Animations at Youtube here.
Manual link: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1uug_uZrVmylfPVBLBvitQ)
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