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Horse Rigging: The Bare Basics


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#1 Celeglin

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 11:52 PM

Alright, I've handed this tutorial out to quite a few people, but never thought to post it publicly. It's a quick and basic way of rigging horses. And while it isn't perfect, if you don't find anything noticable wrong with the horses in The Elven Alliance, then this method will work fine for you ingame.

First, make a wwskin that contains only the horse bones (usually identified with H). No need to get the Rider bones mixed up here. Next, autolink everything. Now onto the things that should be specifically rigged.

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1) Select using the box in the image as a guide. Link these bones to HSPINE1.

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2) Select using the box in the image as a guide. Link these to HCLAVL.

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3) Deselect this vertex. Link the rest to HCLAVR.

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4) Select using the box in the image as a guide. Link these bones to HBLHAUNCH.

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5) Deselect this vertex. Link the rest to HBRHAUNCH.

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6) Link this vertex to HHIPL.

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7) Link these vertices to HTAIL3.

Those are the ucky parts (for the most part). You may experience some issues with the backs of the front legs, but they never turn up ingame. The base of the tail (where it attaches to the rump) may also get a little messed up in certain animations; but again, not noticable.

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#2 Lauri

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 12:49 AM

People, people.... USE this! I used it, saved a hell of alot time on it too!! It's soo working! :p

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#3 Bart

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 10:58 AM

not so much a tutorial as a guide, but hey, still very useful :p
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#4 zimoo

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 10:59 AM

Thanks for this Cel, I'll definatly use it as a reference next time I have to bind/rig some horses :p
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#5 Herunor

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 03:32 PM

as a note: i saved my finished horses, so i can import every modell and just have to bind the guy. the horse i rigged just one time

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 04:08 PM

that's a smart way to do it :) Just pray that your .gmax won't get corrupted :p
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Posted 29 January 2007 - 06:35 PM

yay finaly a horse binding tut i've been looking for this for a long time :p
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#8 Lauri

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:05 PM

ched.... Max's the thing :p I hate gmax\renx for the fact that they destroys themself sometimes :p

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