13 Feb 12
15 Apr 12 4:16 pm
Yes, Gradyp, 3D modeling is great fun. I understand Blender, though free, is very difficult to learn and to use.
You should definitely check out DAZ|Studio - they are giving away the latest Pro version 4
for free right now - a limited offer that probably won't last long (then the Pro version will cost and only a more limited version will be free). It's gotten quite good and can produce compete scenes now, with an improved render engine and much more. DAZ is the defacto niche standard company (for good reason), so it's smart to use their stuff.
I'm not saying that DAZ will ever replace Vue Infinite as the top product for photo-real 3D (they are really for different uses), but they can do a lot for free - that is version 4 can now do complete 3D scenes for free, even if not as good as Vue Infinite (which costs over $800 now). And you need to learn DAZ|Studio anyway, if your ever going to work with posable 3D models, like human and animal figures and posable props.
You can start with some DAZ human figures for free - but DAZ knows that you'll soon want clothing, props, special characters, buildings and much more to go with - all of which are inexpensive, but not free.
I recommend joining their "Platinum Club" which gives you access to many $1.99 3D models every month for a small fixed fee ($18, if I remember).
Sorry for the off-topic post folks, but maybe others would like to check out 3D scene modeling on a budget. If so, we can take further discussions elsewhere.