GameDev Resource Pick: Low-poly Human Models

low polyThese male/female low-poly human models are excellent and have criminally few downloads. Improvements upon these originals, these new and improved Blender models have basically everything you need:

  • fully rigged, and the rig will play perfectly with Unity when you import it
  • the two models are on separate layers, so it’s very easy to grab the one you need
  • built-in animations (which I haven’t personally used yet)
  • easily expansible and editable – make them taller/fatter/children (maybe all three?!)

They’re not textured right now, but if you’ve used Blender before, some quick UV mapping will fix that. I personally recommend setting the edges to sharp and throwing an ambient occlusion map on ’em. With a little vertex tweaking, you could end up with some awesome low-poly models like those used in Aer (check the screenshot below for inspiration).

If you need a Blender primer, check out this tutorial on KatsBits.
If you need some help with ambient occlusion and sharp edges, check out this tutorial on tuts+.

Going, going, (poly)gon.

Aer, by Forgotten Key Studios, is still in development, but GOSH does it make polygons look pretty.
Aer, by Forgotten Key Studios, is still in development, but GOSH does it make polygons look pretty.