This is the custom guy you created right? I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to push him back, I want to get most of the real characters done first before moving onto customs .
Depends on what you are talking about. 3D Studio Max and Adobe Photoshop/ImageReady are not legally available for free. If you are a student they have cheaper versions, but they are still pretty expensive. There are free alternatives like Blender for 3D Modeling, and Gimp for painting textures.
If you start working on 3D stuff I would can try and help as much as possible. Just know you aren't going to be good at it overnight, so if you do try it, don't let it get your frustrated . Also if you do start and need some questions answered that is no problem, just make sure there aren't too many simple 'what does this button do', etc questions. Stuff like that can be found in online tutorials and the help menu is most programs
I don't know if I could put them in Rise of Nations. I have never played the game and my comp is pretty bad so I doubt it could run it, haha.
OK! So now that the replies are out of the way I wanted to show off my Barbarian. He is the last character I can do before the end of the year because I will be traveling. I will still be able to check the thread and respond, but I won't have a computer I can work on with me. Sooo, sorry guys, it's going to be a bit before I can show off another one .