Free Blender Models & Character Rigs For 3D Artists
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Building 3D models can be a time-consuming process.
To jumpstart the creation process we’ve compiled a list of free blender models and character rigs. These are all free but for the models found in Sketchfab and Turbosquid, you will be required to log-in first before downloading anything.
While most of these assets are made by and for Blender, the models can also be used in other 3D applications too. These can be exported as FBX or OBJ formats which can still be used even if you don’t work in Blender.
Also before downloading anything be sure to check the licenses on each model. Not all of them allow commercial use which can lead to copyright issues. In general if you’re using models for personal use you’re probably good but it’s always smart to double check!
League of Legends’ Darius is given a makeover as a lumberjack reminiscent of Logan in his time in the Canadian forests.
This model comes with a low poly mesh count with a single 2k texture set. And just like the original Darius in League of Legends, he sports a massive axe.
A default T-pose is not provided but you can learn a lot on how to create an appealing character despite the model and texture constraints.
Because the model is a contest entry you can find the author’s work in progress in this thread. Zbrush was used for creating the high poly design, Blender for retopology, UV unwrapping, and rigging. Then lastly 3D Coat and Photoshop for painting.
This stylized environment piece easily blends in a mobile game platform because of its low poly count.
While the interior is not modeled, the exterior makes up for it. It presents a proper silhouette that can clearly be viewed from various distances and vantage points.
The entrance has a parked carriage and a signboard that shows several written announcements. There is a bar on the top floor that features beer barrels and bottles of liquor with stables below at the rear end of the tavern that add a nice overall touch.
Also the tavern shows a mix of materials and fixtures including metal details, cloth banners, windows, ropes, bottles, and aging wood.
With a little bit of texturing you can make use of an environment that can act as a venue to numerous stories.
Baba Yaga’s Hut is set up as a location that’s VR and film friendly.
This stylized piece is well-dressed with various focal points starting with a witch and a boiling cauldron. Not far behind is a hostage trapped in a cage.
On the river we see several rescuers including a priest holding a cross and knight preparing for an attack.
The scene is surrounded by a cloudy mist, adding to its mysterious ambiance. Despite not being a part of the action the interior is also populated with several items such as potions, candles, and a broomstick.
There’s also the nice touch of another witch apprentice and an accomplice bat flying around.
One of the staples of environment prop designs are barrels.
A scene looks more organic with a pile of barrels in a corner giving the sense of a recent occupancy. With this free download you’ll have several barrel types ranging from a standard storage barrel to a beer barrel.
The models come with PBR textures that are ready for Unity and Unreal Engine. The author also conveniently provides several exchange formats such as FBX and OBJ extensions.
The author made several interesting design choices to add to the menacing nature of the goblin: nails instead of thread line the side sole of its footwear, and a shield that looks as if it was torn straight from a door.
The main leather material complements all the other elements of the design including the belt straps, armor, bandages and even on the model’s footwear.
A threatening look is achieved through a mischievous expression, piercing ears, and emissive textures.
You’ll also get a nondescript treasure box that the goblin is protecting. The model is sculpted in Zbrush, polished in Blender and painted in Substance Painter.
By far, this model is the most detailed on the list.
The model is highly realistic with the proper muscle groups for both arms and legs, as well as its torso—all displayed in its full glory.
The realism also extends to his props: a detailed helmet featuring ornaments and chips, an intricate design on the shield, a flail with a spiked morning star, all the way down to a caligae or Roman leather sandals.
While the model is made in Zbrush, the download also offers several formats such as OBJ and FBX files which you can readily import to Blender.
However you might need to decimate it first as the original model has 19 million points in its highest subdivision.
The site also offers several free models such as a teeth model and a helpful guide on how to retopo a Marvelous Designer model.
In this model you’ll find several buildings that can populate a city.
For caution’s sake the creator didn’t consider any zoning. However you can still use parts of the model to block your own scene.
The asset also does not have any textures. Maybe this is a good asset to use for brushing up on your painting skills. There are several variations in this asset from a singular home to four-story buildings.
Like Vincent, Proog is a rig made by the Blender Foundation.
As such you can expect that it made use of the latest tools Blender can offer at the time of the model’s creation. Even though Proog has been created for the previous version, he has been updated to work with the Cycles renderer for a more detailed look.
Proog also has hair material you can play around with and study. You can check on how to use Proog’s various rig features by reading more on the download page.
All other characters in the list have already been posed and designed with textures. This last one does not. And for good reason.
This character is made as a low poly base mesh on which to build your own character. In its current state you can easily make a muscular design or give a more chiseled build to a chubby guy.
This also comes skinned so you can immediately build controls on top of it. The model has proper muscle groups in the chest, arms, and legs. You can subdivide the model too and you’ll still keep all the detail.
You can either use it as a base mesh on Zbrush or choose to model on top of it, or just work with this in Blender and have some fun. The sky’s the limit here!
Author: Ben Traje
Ben is a stylized character rigger based in Davao City, Philippines. Proficient in Maxon, Cinema4D, and Autodesk Maya, he's available for remote freelance work with plenty of samples in his portfolio.