Have you ever used stock assets? Thousands of 3D artists are opening up their libraries and offering amazing models up for sale. Whether you are an independent creator or part of a full­fledged game design team, consider the following advantages of stock models for your next project.

  1. Time: Why reinvent the wheel when someone has already spent countless hours worrying about textures and rigging? Sir Isaac Newton once said that if he had ever seen further it was “by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
  2. Costs: If you are in charge of a team, you know how expensive it can be to commission a single model for your next game. Some games have such ambitious budgets that they never make it to market, or arrive too late to be relevant. Stock assets are budget­friendly, and come with clear licenses that open up multiple kinds of opportunities.
  3. Support: No need to worry about open meshes or glitchy topology. Great stock model sellers provide continuous support via forums or email, and are always willing to listen to your suggestions for improvement.
  4. Variety: Need a specific environment? Why conform to one design when you can pick and choose between dozens of options that explore different creative directions? Working on your own, these possibilities would probably narrow down to what you/your team can conceive within a reasonable amount of time. Marketplaces for 3D graphics are an open catalog to dozens of artists’ imaginations.
  5. Customizable: Robust stock assets provide a way for you to customize colors, textures and other important features. Watch out for customizable features under each product’s description. We have compiled a list of highly realistic graphic kits that can take your games to the next level:

Archer

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Simple Town ­ Cartoon City Assets

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Cars Pack

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Low Poly Weapon Pack

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Micro Monsters & Heroes Mega Bundle

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Pacific Northwest Forest Toon Low Poly

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Fantasy Enemy Pack

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Simple Swords

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Sci­fi Landscape Construction Kit

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Small Town Main Street

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Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. Laura (@laurabusche) earned a Master of Arts in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She is the author of O’Reilly Media’s Lean Branding book. Laura is a Brand Content Strategist at Creative Market and regularly blogs about branding and business at laurabusche.com/blog.