Is there a free 3d modeller with animation?

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c32bit(Posted 2004) [#1]
Hi all. Does anyone know if there is a freeware modeller that supports animation and exports to a Blitz compatible format? I basically want make something like a tank with a turret that rotates.
As always, thanks for any advice.


Rob Farley(Posted 2004) [#2]
Not free, but milkshape is damn cheap (25 us$) and very good.

c32bit(Posted 2004) [#3]
Rob, Thanks for the advice. This is definitely a buy.


Zethrax(Posted 2004) [#4]
Try .

Sweenie(Posted 2004) [#5]
You could have a look at Blender.

The userinterface is far from usual, but quite cool when you get the hang of it.
It should be able to export to .X format, haven't tried that yet though.

c32bit(Posted 2004) [#6]
You weren't kidding about Blenders interface. Arrrgh! It looks pretty impressive though.
Hey, is there a way to call a model animations from Blitz3D with .X and .3ds models? I know there is for MD2 models.

tuck(Posted 2004) [#7]
ehs i dont understand blender at all!

ive been trying to find some milkshape tutorials just to make sure if i buy it, ill be able to use it. But i failed.

Perturbatio(Posted 2004) [#8]
here's some milkshape tutorials by Psionic:

And some on the official website:

jfk EO-11110(Posted 2004) [#9]
Yes, of course blitz can load animated 3DS, X or B3D. They don't use the MD2 Command Set, they use the standard Animation command set, such as Animate. You have to use LoadAnimMesh.

Personally I'd use any free Modeler (, Lithunwrap 1.3 to set the UVs and CharacterFX to animate. This is a cheap solution too, but the Animation Part is more userfriendliy than Milkshape IMHO. Tho I got both, Milkshape and CharacterFX. Milkshape also has those good Game-Format Conversion Abilities.

jhocking(Posted 2004) [#10]
The file format conversion abilities of Ultimate Unwrap are much better (Ultimate Unwrap is the commercial "big brother" of Lithunwrap, available at ) Among other advantages, it can import .x and b3d file formats, and does so with skeletal animation intact.

My favorite free modeler is Wings3D ( although, because of some technicalities with how it understands the model data, you may want to tweak the model later (usually the model tweaks can be done in Ultimate Unwrap.)

Like jfk said, get CharacterFX for animating. Much better animation tools than Milkshape (eg. the Keyframe Editor) plus it supports blended vertex weights.

jfk EO-11110(Posted 2004) [#11]
I forgot to mention, Blitz can load animated .3DS and .X, but only Rotation, Scale and Move Animations. So the new DirectX8 Animations with their Skeletal deformation etc. are not supported. That's why you should use the .B3D Format. And yes, UltimateUnwrap is a must-have too (the sequel of lithunwrap). As far as I know it's the only tool capable of importing animated .B3D.

Ricky Smith(Posted 2004) [#12]

As far as I know it's the only tool capable of importing animated .B3D

Not for long !