What 3D models? AoE is a 2D game. And you don't produce actual assets when the objective is to learn game programming (see first post).
2d sprites from 3d renders.
missed that part about the overall objective. better go re-read the post!
Yes his post made me think that I missed something too. But, nowhere is it mentioned that "the art part is forgotten". a game is still a game, a needs arts. this takes time, a lot of it. And fine-tuning of the unit prices, the building prices, the map's resources, the units speeds, attack strength, defense strength, the speed of workers to extract wood, food, gold, rock, the technology improvements... the list goes on. To a person alone, I state again that it is impossible.