Model Software

This may sound stupid, and sorry if this is in the wrong section. I want to make some custom ragdolls and was wondering what softerare would be used to make the model. (also which software for the material.)

Ragdoll making isn’t just that you can download program and make it straight away. It takes time to learn it.

Models:
3DS MAX
MAYA
XSI
Blender (free)

Materials:
Basically same modelling programs but still:
VTFEdit (Converting from other image formats into VTF)
Photoshop (You can get VTF plugin for this)
Gimp (You can get VTF plugin as well I think)
Paint.NET