These chains were made in Max 2009. The download includes two .max files, 18 .3DS files, and two MS Word files:
Chains_by_Graphix72.max contains the chains linked in groups as illustrated.
Individual_links.max contains only one link of each chain, from which you can easily make a chain of any length.
18 .3DS files contain individual links, labeled from A to R as shown in the illustration, for easy importing.
Descriptions.docx contains a description of each chain style and possible uses of it.
How_to_make_a_chain.docx explains how you can easily make a chain of any length from just one chain link, and gives info about how you can learn to animate a swinging chain or falling chain, using the Rope modifier and reactor.
Each model is made with precise, good geometry. All polys were assigned smoothing groups to give the best looking reflections and realism. No materials or textures are included, but my tests show beautiful results whether you paint the chains shiny, or use a rusty texture. Great with standard materials as well as Vray and mental ray, even HDRI.
Chain A and Chain H were intentionally left as a Loft and a Torus in the .max files, so you can adjust their parameters if you want. All other links are in the Editable Poly format.
I am a perfectionist about precision and good geometry. If you are happy with this product, please don't forget to rate!!