Hey yall. I found this site by chance through a link in Encyclopedia Dramatica about Snapesnogger. I gathered from the thread about Snapesnogger that this online community does in fact value creative energy and artistic skill, as well as the will to improve and become better. This is useful to me, because, having come from Second Life [where I got my start in 3D modeling as well as animation using simple technology] I am looking for some leads to some decent freebie [Or at least trial option] modeling tools I might download or otherwise make use of in order to study the basics of 3D design. My aspiration is to become a competent 3D modeler, and what I seek to make are my own style of demonesses that balance out masculinity and femininity [By my definition, this means they are strong and strong-looking, musclebound as well, but yet they are still identifiably female and in fact beautiful]. This was what I sought to make in Second Life, before I got bored with the limitations and left. I have a long way to go, and limited experience, but I'm willing to watch text and learn lessons. So, if you have any programs I should look into, please do join this thread and help me out.
There are a number of Open Source, free or shareware 3D Packages.
Here are a few to check out.
CB Model Pro
The first two use traditonal approaches to mesh building and manipulation. CB Model Pro is quite a bit different in its approach. I prefer it over the others; but, since your goal is animation, for now Anim8or or Blender might be best for you since the animation tools have not been added to the CB Model Pro beta as yet.
Hope this helps you get started.