Ah. Mav= Maveris. My partner in crime over on Rendo ( Digital Meanderings) The helmet was one he made when we were over at RDNA for a while. I meant that I hadn't seen it used in a bit and I know he always enjoys seeing what people have done with the freebies we make, so I thought I'd show him is all ( also helps distract him from the fact that I never DID get around to texturing it for him *grins*)
Didn't mean to confuse, sorry
Oh lord.. That's an ongoing argument around these parts
I like My C4d and Modo but Mav likes Silo and Maya. I have pretty much every book ON maya, but I still like Modo's workflow better. Silo is great if you can figure out the controls but it's pretty counter intuitive in my opinion. Mav adores it though.. Then again. This -is- Mav we're talking about here. That man could figure out how to model with alien software
He -does- have the best maps around though, with very few exceptions. Its one of the reasons I didn't give up 3d altogether to be honest. I couldn't stand to NOT texture em'.
Which brings me to the other point... If you're looking for something to go with it we have some freebies over at digitalmeanderings.com by way of clothing.. Though I confess to being lazy in having only textured the Glorianna gown thus far.. Still, with the maps as easy to use as they are, you should have a go at making an outfit match the helm... or the helm match an outfit.. whatever works best.
Thats the best part about textures. They make a mesh anything you want it to be.
I've got blender right now. But it's, like, really confusing. So many buttons and such. I've been going through a wikibook that's teaching me how to use it but it's such a pain. I want poser and 3DS but, sadly, I can't afford either
Actually, I've downloaded Blender, but haven't installed it yet. It's come a long LONG way in a -very- short time. I grant that it has the ability to make a user feel stupid (been there done that) but there is actually a couple really helpful books out at barnes and noble on it that I've found particularly useful. Try doing a search on b&n.com and see if you cant fine them online. I think they are having a 40% off sale at the moment as well, and that never sucks.
I also have Hexagon, which I bought on a whim and rather enjoy. Many use it to model for 3d content as well. Its far more affordable than 3Ds is and might be a bit more user friendly for you than blender as it has a pretty loyal user base and quite a few tutorials on creating the items you're interested in making.
C4d (especially release 10) is also great value for the money. If you're just looking to create content and want a user friendly, quick to learn program that packs a lot of punch, I'd not hesitate to suggest it be number one on your list. Its much more affordable and is definitely on the top dog list these days.
There are a few more I have, (lightwave9, z-brush 3 etc) but of them all, C4d, And Modo are affordable and do what you want them to do (where as z brush is awesome but really not geared for content creation) and will give you the most value for your money. And, to narrow it even further, Modo 301 is still buggy where C4D10 is solid as a rock so far.
So. C4D 10 if you have the money to spend, or Hexagon if you are on a tighter budget would be my suggestions. Blender is great, but not intuitive and these two will be the most likely to get you where you want to go the fastest.
As for Poser, let me share a little tip with you..
Go to amazon.com and look for an older version of poser.. like version 5 or so. You can even get a used copy as long as its all there and in working order. Just as long as you own a legal copy. You'll get the older version MUCH cheaper than the new version 7.. and then (here's the best part) you simply buy the damned UPGRADE to 7... Thus getting you your program for less than half the price, all nice, tidy and most importantly, Legal.
And you're most welcome for the link. Have fun with the goodies and let me know how it works out for you regardless.
the Wikibook I've been reading is pretty helpful. I've just got to actually read the whole thing >> << >> I'm pretty good with rather complicated programs once I figure them out. Just have to take the time to actually do it lol.
And thanks for the tips on poser! Cheap(er) is always good