View Full Version : Money To Burn - Help me decide on additional 3d Software

03-20-2012, 10:28 AM
Hello Everyone!

I'm new to the forum. I have some money ready to purchase software that would be a part of my toolkit.

I already own the following:

LW 10
Adobe CS5
Corel Painter 11

I'm thinking of:

Sketchup Pro
Vue Complete Architectural Bundle
Lumen RT (not sure if this is premature)

I have the budget to buy all of the items on the list, but I also want to spend my money in an optimal way as I build my toolkit. If you have any other suggestions, I would greatly appreciate your help.

Thanks in advance.

03-20-2012, 11:38 AM
Well probably Z-brush for a start. Look into AELink as well for After effects (links Lightwave camera and motions). Hey look at Kray since you seem to want to do Archvis. I'll stop at that.

03-20-2012, 11:50 AM
what do u want to do??

from ur list it seems primarily arch viz.

03-20-2012, 12:02 PM
kray, lwcad, rhiggit. For me they're must have now.

03-20-2012, 02:02 PM
Did you know, that you can get a free version of Vue in one
of the latest 3dworld or 3dartist magazine ?
is not only free, but is also very good. Then you can save
the money for the other software.
Cheers !!!


03-20-2012, 02:16 PM
I would look at lwcad.

I WOULD buy ZBrush.
Sketchup, I would buy, If I were a cadder.

Vue Could be fun.

ZB is the no-brainer on the list.

03-20-2012, 03:21 PM
what do u want to do??

from ur list it seems primarily arch viz.

This is a great question - What are you going to be doing with your set up?
Hard to tell you anything unless it is known what is to be done with the software... :)


03-20-2012, 03:28 PM

03-20-2012, 03:47 PM
Zbrush and Lightwave are a great combination for character work and LW Cad essential for architecture. Why not upgrade to LW11 to enjoy the faster open gl and VPR?

03-20-2012, 03:57 PM
You should look at 3D-Coat. Save some of that money and get a great sculpting / texturing / retopo product at the same time.


03-20-2012, 04:10 PM
LW 11
TrueArt tools

03-20-2012, 04:20 PM
I would buy http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/Titans/ELDAR-PHANTOM-TITAN-BODY.html

always wanted one. lol

03-20-2012, 04:38 PM

03-20-2012, 05:43 PM
If you are doing architectural stuff LWCad is great.

Onyxtree (Garden Suite) the software is a bit clunky & takes a bit to get good at making trees but it's quite good overall.

30" monitor? I know it's not software but it does make life easier!

03-20-2012, 05:55 PM
you can give me some of your money to buy and test a few software packages and I'll get back to you :hey:

Elmar Moelzer
03-20-2012, 09:49 PM
LightWave11 is an absolute must have if you dont have it yet.

If you have not seen it yet, take a look at our new low cost VoluMedic CE.

LWCad is really good too and definitely worth a look. I would also take a look at Turbulence FD.

03-20-2012, 10:31 PM
Areas of interest:

Children's book style illustrations (Curious George/Run Spot Run style), matte painting, photo manipulation, landscape photos for digital oil painting, pencil sketching, stop motion animation (United Airlines commercials from last year / Cold medicine commercial from Spanish CG artist, both found on Dragon Stop Motion website).

Reasons for each software in my list:

Sketchup - transform quick pencil sketches into buildings / structures for use in above.

ZBrush - creation of characters (or any object) for use in above.

Architectural bundle from Vue - I'm not an architect, but the bundle made sense if I'm going to buy Sketchup. I would use this to transform the basic Sketchup illustration appearance to a photo realistic result for further manipulation in photoshop/painter.

LumenRT - unsure on this one. May not need to purchase at this time as the above 3 should give me more than enough to work with.

In conclusion, mostly, digital oil painting, pencil sketching, photo manipulation and stop motion animation.

03-20-2012, 11:54 PM
If you do lots of illustration then I would say zbrush is your buddy. Imho.

03-21-2012, 04:07 PM
I would buy http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/Titans/ELDAR-PHANTOM-TITAN-BODY.html

always wanted one. lol

Wow, I went to take a look and I believe I'm in the wrong profession! My real job is information security, and while it pays very well, I had no idea that game characters could cost so much.

03-21-2012, 04:25 PM
I think at least 4 people mentioned LW11. I just bought it. I have more reviews to do before my next purchase. I'll close out the thread with the remaining software I bought in the next few days.

Thanks to all for taking a moment to help!

03-21-2012, 04:45 PM
yeah the forgeworld models are expensive. http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Warhammer-40000/TAU-MANTA.html This one i believe is the most expensive of them all. But again it's one of the biggest they make.

03-21-2012, 05:28 PM
LW11 upgrade for sure
LWCAD for sure
ZBrush or 3D Coat (I found 3D Coat easier to use)
Everything else after that is gravy.