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Biker- Thanks and sure thing! I'll update this thread as it grows.


Toni- The .ase exporter is native to max, so that should work on newer editions. I'm still trying to get a .md5 exporter working. It looks like beserker's md5 script works with some minor caveats and should work with newer versions of max. I'll update the thread once I've fiddled with it a little more.

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Modeling stuff for Blender. These will work on Blender 2.7. Newer version compatibility has not been tested.


Arcturus made a blender rig file for male and female AI:



It works, and I've been using it in my animation activities. Exporting with ARX:EOS md5 exporter is possible. Everything seems to work, but the animation file sizes sre slightly larger than with other exporters. Be careful though, some other blender md5 exporters bork the AI bounding box which causes weird shadow clipping. The Arx exporter works fine. Link:



I made a very short instruction guide here:


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I have a problem: When I click on a link under the blender topic in the OP, I just get either rerouted to this same page or to the start page of the forum.

The 3DSMax, Maya and the original Bleder links work, but the last three links do not. Could someone please check if it just happens for me or other people as well?

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Hey, this thread is a good idea !


I've just tried to import a simple .ASE file in Dark Radiant with 3ds max 2017 and it works as you described for 3ds max 2013 64 bits. Just change the *BITMAP line and you're good.


ASE files can also be exported from older blender versions. I tried to make these plugins work with 2.70 but it failed so you might want to install an older version of blender dedicated to .ASE exports.

Plugins and supported versions -> http://www.katsbits.com/tools/#ase

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Please change the link to this: https://sourceforge.net/projects/blenderbitsbobs/files/

The download at arxendofsun.solarsplace.com hasn't been updated since the game was released.

Fixed, thanks!

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I've recently searched the internet with the aim of finding importers and exporters for all model formats used by TDM, both for older and newer versions of Blender and any other common modelling apps. Here's the result:

As a precaution I've made a backup of these importers and exporters on TDM's FTP server in case these links go dead. I won't provide download links to them here so we don't compete with the authors' links, but if at some point in the future someone isn't able to model something for TDM because the right import/export scripts don't exist anymore they can contact a team member. If the original authors want their work removed from this backup they can post here, send a PM to a team member or write an email to the address found at the bottom of this page: https://www.thedarkmod.com/team/


  • Blender 2.80+: Orbweaver and chedap's importers and exporters for ASE & LWO, should be regularly updated (ASE importer only imports geometry, no materials or UVs) Link
  • Blender 2.79b: Orbweaver and chedap's exporters for ASE & LWO Link
  • Blender 2.79b: JediAcademy importers and exporters for ASE & MD3: Link
  • Blender 2.76b: JediAcademy importers and exporters for ASE & MD3: unknown
  • Blender 2.76b: Motorsep's updated importer for ASE (download link access has been restricted): Link


  • Blender 2.80+: Orbweaver's importers and exporters for ASE & LWO, should be regularly updated (2.79b scripts no longer available): Link
  • Blender 2.80+: douglaskastle's importer for LWO: Link
  • Blender 2.79b: ken9's importer for LWO: can't find the link anymore, used to be on Blenderartists.org


  • Maya: idTech and greebo importers for MD5: Link
  • 3DSMax: Berserker importer and exporter for MD5: Link
  • Blender 2.80: KozGit importers and exporters for MD5: Link
  • Blender 2.79b: Nemyax importers and exporters for MD5, made for 2.66 and still works for 2.79b: Link
  • Blender 2.72: RPGista's guide for MD5: Link
  • Blender 2.66: Sotha's guide for MD5 (access to the link for Arcturus' rig has been restricted): Link


  • Blender 2.79b: JediAcademy importers and exporters for ASE & MD3: Link
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