For those of you who were fortunate enough to see the first screened footage from Duncan Jones' upcoming live-action adaptation of Warcraft, at this past November's BlizzCon, I envy you. As do hundreds, if not thousands of others. The various descriptions online of what was shown sounded amazing, but there's nothing like seeing the actual footage in one form or another.
Luckily for those of us with less fortune, concept artist Yanmo Zhang was in attendance during the screening at BlizzCon and has, by way of good will and karma, created a set of gorgeous illustrations that details most (not all) of the Warcraft teaser scenes in truly epic fashion for all of us to gush over.
Let's go through the images and and try to piece this unseen trailer together, shall we?
The trailer opens with a fantastic bird's eye view of Stormwind, the Human Kingdom.
As the camera flies over the city, Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel), Commander of the Alliance, narrates, "I’ve spent more time protecting my King than my own son."
We're then brought into an armory within Stormwind; the walls are lined with racks of glimmering swords, spears, and shields.
Scene cuts to the throne room within Stormwind. Lothar's voiceover continues: ”Does that make me loyal or a fool?” We see King Llane (Dominic Cooper) upon his throne, with Lothar and Medivh (Ben Foster) standing before him.
Cut to a close up of King Llane, in full plate armor looking totally metal.
Scene cuts to a bolt of green lightning striking the night sky over a desolate looking location. Most likely Draenor, homeworld of the Orcs.
The camera cuts to a walking Durotan (Toby Kebbell), the Orc Chieftan. He narrates, "I’ve led thousands of warriors into battle, but I fear being a father.”
Trailer cuts to two orcs marching forward through a gate.
Cuts back to what looks like an over the shoulder shot of Durotan, looking down upon his ravaged homeland. Durotan continues, “Our hope is destroyed, there is nothing to go back to...”
We then see the floating kingdom of Dalaran; a very majestic shot of the home of Mages and High Elves.
Scene cuts to three Elves moving slowly, on guard and alert. One Elf turns his head to look behind as Durotan's voiceover continues, "...is war, the only answer?”
Last scene. Durotan is watching his wife, their camp in flames, his eyes full of sorrow.
End trailer. Whoa.
There were some scenes from various trailer descriptions that Zhang didn't illustrate however: a battle scene in a forest region, where a large number of Footmen and Orcs are charging at one another, Lothar coming across an Orc corpse, a glimpse of the Dwarven city of Ironforge, and a mage casting some kick ass magic spell, among some other small details.
Missing scene illustrations aside, I can't help but get goosebumps and chills over the visuals here. I can only imagine just how crazy good the actual footage is now that we've been given a better picture thanks to these superb artistic compositions provided by Zhang. Really, massive props to him for creating all this Warcrafty-goodness.
About the Artist
Yanmo Zhang is an illustrator & concept artist from Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. Working full-time as a game concept designer at 9you Entertainment in Beijing to start his career, he eventually moved to Infinite World as a Lead Artist & Senior Character Artist. In his spare time, he works as a freelance artist specializing in illustration using digital media.