Ive worked a bit with 3d studio max to export animated characters (soldiers, dogs etc) to a sprite sheet for use in my top-down 2d game. But its a bit messy and has tons of stuff i will never use.
Any good idea what could be a suitable program? I need:
Animate basic character functions, walk, die, hold weapon etc (if a set of basic anims and models are included like humanoid walking, running that can be modified its great)
Export them to a sprite sheet so i can use them in my 2d game
I dont need high quality textures as my sprites are very small (think almost like an rts like red alert), but its important its easy to modify a given character, change color/texture of shirt/torso for example to get variety.
Any such program around? Basically something streamlined for what i need, not a full 3d program (such as 3d studio max is)