jkhub.org is much more active than here.
I can't help you with the modelling or texturing part, but I am an animator. There are two methods for making animations: 1. is to use a program called Dragon, and the other is a new method with Soft Image Mod Tools.
I've only used Dragon and it is adequate for what I've made ie; fighting styles, stances, force powers, guns, and movement animations.
The Soft Image program looks to be a huge improvement, but I haven't used it yet.