You can sign up to get a daily email of our articles, see the Mailing List page!

Kit-bash your way to success in game dev as Asset Forge 2.1 is out

By - | Views: 7,208

Need to make some nice models for games? Asset Forge is a nice way to do it, allowing you to kit-bash your way to create some really nice assets.

The idea is that you're given a bunch of pre-made blocks, that you can stick together to create entirely new models. Position them, rotate them around, resize them, export them into common 3D formats, render them as a 2D sprite and much more. It opens up asset creation to a new audience and it's a wonderful idea.

Asset Forge 2.1 just recently went up adding in overhauled texture tiling which should fix all currently reported issues and new options to place selection on floor or in centre. There's also various bug fixes and 50 new pre-made blocks for you to use (some are only in the Deluxe version).

Check it out on itch.io.

The developer, Kenney, is a pretty well known name in game development circles for their lovely and colourful free assets. Kenney also just recently put up a new Space Kit, which contains 150+ ready to use models with a space theme with a public domain license lot a like of their assets.

Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
Tags: Apps, Game Dev, Update
8 Likes, Who?
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG, Humble Store and Paradox Interactive. See more here.
About the author -
author picture
I am the owner of GamingOnLinux. After discovering Linux back in the days of Mandrake in 2003, I constantly came back to check on the progress of Linux until Ubuntu appeared on the scene and it helped me to really love it. You can reach me easily by emailing GamingOnLinux directly.
See more from me
7 comments

Patola 27 Aug
Might be useful for 3D printing too. That's one area where we linux users lack, simple 3D modelling software. We have some professional quality options but they are too complex (Blender, FreeCAD and others).
Calinou 27 Aug
Quoting: PatolaMight be useful for 3D printing too. That's one area where we linux users lack, simple 3D modelling software. We have some professional quality options but they are too complex (Blender, FreeCAD and others).

What about Dust3D? I don't know if the generated models are 3D printing-friendly though.


Last edited by Calinou on 27 August 2020 at 1:37 pm UTC
Patola 27 Aug
Quoting: Calinou
Quoting: PatolaMight be useful for 3D printing too. That's one area where we linux users lack, simple 3D modelling software. We have some professional quality options but they are too complex (Blender, FreeCAD and others).

What about Dust3D? I don't know if the generated models are 3D printing-friendly though.
I didn't know that one. Will take a look. In that page they say the models are watertight, which is the most important thing regarding 3D printing. However, it seems to be less of a generic modeller than this itch app. Anyway, thank you!


Last edited by Patola on 27 August 2020 at 3:08 pm UTC
Sverrest 27 Aug
Quoting: PatolaMight be useful for 3D printing too. That's one area where we linux users lack, simple 3D modelling software. We have some professional quality options but they are too complex (Blender, FreeCAD and others).

I found that Sketchup has been ported to a web app, they have a free plan, that works nice in Firefox on linux.
Patola 27 Aug
Quoting: Sverrest
Quoting: PatolaMight be useful for 3D printing too. That's one area where we linux users lack, simple 3D modelling software. We have some professional quality options but they are too complex (Blender, FreeCAD and others).

I found that Sketchup has been ported to a web app, they have a free plan, that works nice in Firefox on linux.
Nah, Sketchup is not an option. I would spread to others an easy to use 3D modeller like the one on these news because it is an easy 3D modeller, which does not have any open source counterpart. But Sketchup is a deeply proprietary hispter 3D modeller that is worse from Blender in every aspect and worse yet, lures architects to use it for modelling buildings when it does not have BIM and is not a parametric solid CAD, which FreeCAD is. Aside from that, Sketchup is the app that generates the most error-riddled meshes on the net, has a horrible geometry resolver, and uses a difficult proprietary format. Please stay away from that crap.

But thanks for telling me it's now on the cloud. Might marginally help for some cases where there is no hope. I hope it exports to 3MF / AMF / STL at least.

BTW -- the track record of cloud 3D modellers is not stellar, with multiple screwups against users. one such example is onshape.


Last edited by Patola on 27 August 2020 at 4:36 pm UTC
Guppy 28 Aug
Quoting: PatolaMight be useful for 3D printing too. That's one area where we linux users lack, simple 3D modelling software. We have some professional quality options but they are too complex (Blender, FreeCAD and others).

Printing lowpoly is not something I would personally do, but you never know.

As for easy to use 3d modeling - tinkercad is quite easy, my 9 year old picked it up on his own ( despite being at best a novice english speaker )
Patola 28 Aug
Quoting: Guppy
Quoting: PatolaMight be useful for 3D printing too. That's one area where we linux users lack, simple 3D modelling software. We have some professional quality options but they are too complex (Blender, FreeCAD and others).

Printing lowpoly is not something I would personally do, but you never know.

As for easy to use 3d modeling - tinkercad is quite easy, my 9 year old picked it up on his own ( despite being at best a novice english speaker )
Tinkercad is owned by Autodesk and is a cloud service, and I already mentioned how the track record of these services is... contentious. Need I say anything else?
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on:

Patreon, Liberapay or PayPal Donation.

We have no adverts, no paywalls, no timed exclusive articles. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

You can find even more ways to support us on this dedicated page any time. If you already are, thank you!
Login / Register

Or login with...
Sign in with Steam Sign in with Twitter Sign in with Google
Social logins require cookies to stay logged in.

Livestreams & Videos
Community Livestreams