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New Guy needing sage wisdom on character modeling and posing

Posted: March 24, 2012
Hi, I'm not sure whether I should have posted this here or in animation but oh well here goes.

I'm trying to make a custom miniature for my dungeon and dragons character. Geeky beyond reckoning I know but I need advice. I want to custom sculpt him and pose him, then add armor and weapons and have a company print him out so I can paint him.

I'm wondering what the best way is to go about doing this. I'm an art student so I have access to 3DS Maya, Mudbox, and some other programs. I have DAZ studio 4, and sculptris. It would be fantastic to find a premade character base to work from, as the character is not human. I could sculpt him myself but if the work could be half done already I would be ecstatic.

I need to know how to sculpt a character that I can add weapons and armor to and pose, then send to a company to print. I have the company picked out, unless anyone has any suggestions or experience on the matter.

Thank you in advance for any advice!
Posted: March 26, 2012
ZBrush and its ZSpheres will let you model your character and pose it as you want. For printing you'll probabely need a model with dense mesh to have all details so I see no sense in modeling and then rigging it.
Posted: March 27, 2012
Okay thanks! I don't currently have access to zbrush but I'm working on that. Thanks for the advice!
Posted: June 03, 2012
3d artist gallery Andyba
You can also pose 3d models in the latest versions of Mudbox.
Posted: June 22, 2012
Zbrush bought out Sculptris a while back--it was distributed freely and works pretty much the same as Zbrush--you might want to hunt around on the net for it and see if its still available.

Ah, I found it--its owned by Pixelogic which owns Zbrush and it's still free:

but you have to google as this is my first post and I am not yet grown up enough to have links in my message. Anyway, its out there if you want it.
Posted: June 22, 2012
3d artist gallery Andyba
Hi Jayd,
Welcome to the 3d forums Smile
Here is the link you probably wanted to post.

On the topic, does sculptris allow posing characters?
Posted: July 22, 2012
yea, mudbox you can do this in for sure. It has a human base model you can start with and you can pose in there as well. Not as advanced as Zbrush, but it will do the job