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Eric2575

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  1. Hi Rodney: This is basically a PM to you since I am not able to do it the normal way. I've been away from the forum for ... a long time, and thought that the models I spend so much time on are just wasting away on my hard drive. Maybe they can be used in creative ways by forum members? I can't believe Martin isn't back? Wow! Anyway, if you would like them and if you are still accepting donations for the forum, you are welcome to them. As I recall, I have an almost completed Millennium Falcon, the Nautilus, the Batmobile, I believe an EVA pod, the original model I build with AM, a Saleen supercar, and maybe a couple of others I can't remember right now. Let me know, but only if AM is still going to continue, as well as the forum. Sincerely Eric p.s. Let me know if you still have my email
  2. Nice progression, keep it up! Congratulations on your award. My first one was special too, no matter how many peeps entered Eric
  3. http://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showt...;hl=tank+treads http://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showt...;hl=tank+treads http://www.patchwork3d.de/html/englisch/wh...eating_tank.htm http://www.hash.com/forums/index.php?showt...;hl=tank+treads One of these a gotta help? The main problem that you have is that your tread sections are too long. Either increase the diameter of your driving wheel or decrease the length of your tread sections. This is all assuming you are going to animate the treads. If you are not going to animate them, then just make two circle splines, one inside the other separated by the thickness of your treads. Place these spline rings centered on the front drive wheel. The inner circle should be the same diameter as the drive wheel. The outer circle should be larger by the thickness of the treads. Now lock these rings and use them as a guide to line up the tracks. I believe that might be what Robert was saying. Show us your trials. If you are still having trouble, then you might have to give us more specifics. Hope that helps. Eric
  4. I was using orient like and translate to.
  5. It only took me a few minutes to make that clip and mos of the time was spent on timing and not really knowing what I was doing. The manipulation of the tentacle was pretty easy. Once I tweaked it a bit more, I'll post the simple tentacle with bones and constraints. While we're on the subject, whenever I tried to constrain a null to the last bone in the chain and then I move the null, the constrained bone breaks from it's parent. Why is that? Is there a way to keep it attached to it's parent and still constrain it o the null?
  6. Well I tested it first with fewer bones and didn't like the way the tentacles moved and bent, but the results were encouraging. Next I did a version with more bones in the last third of the tentacle and it looked much better with more motion control in the end as you can see in the clip. It was pretty easy to manipulate, and with a bit more practice controlling the tentacle could be second hand. I am going to modify a few things like more twisting constraints and I want to see if adding maybe three nulls will help with the overall ease of use, but so far so good. Eric
  7. I was wondering about that. So a pose is basically only to set up constraints? What about the animate button? I just went through a tutorial that mentioned turning off the animate button so it doesn't set any keyframes? I have absorbed so much in a very short time and am just waiting for it all to click. Not quite there yet.
  8. Ok, I've still got the flu and am working on my laptop in bed (AMV.13t) instead of my desktop (AMV15.) So I'm trying different scenarios for rigging my tentacle and starting with the basics. I start a new project and open a new model. Without any splines or cps, I switch to bones mode and lay down a chain of 6 bones, parent, child, etc. Then I make sure I'm back at the root of the hierarchy and I make two nulls and one more bone to be the daddy of them all. Now I go back to the spline view and create a new pose. Once in the pose, I manipulate the chain to make sure the bones are all connected and parented right. So far so good. Then I create a dynamic constraint at the end of the chain to one of the nulls also positioned at the end of the chain. I select the constraint to have the null as target. But, when I move the null, the chain only does a little jerk and nothing else. I move the null all around but the chain does nothing. Now I click simulate dynamics and still nothing happens except that simulate on the fly is now unchecked in the dynamic constraints options. When I try to enable simulate on the fly again, I get the dreaded #001 shut down error. This is repeatable, I've done it three times in a row. I don't really care about the 001 error, I just want to know what I'm doing wrong in the process, why the manipulation of the null does not affect the chain? I'll try this on my desktop and see what happens. Eric
  9. Nancy: First off, thank you for the input and the project file you graciously provided. You have some good points here. I really like the fact that the rig stretches, but it can only stretch so far before the decals on the skin will get too deformed. Please take everything I say with a gain of salt because this is all so new to me. My reasons for doing things, ie, the number of bones, is because right now I only see things as I learn them. I'm sure there are many ways to crack the nut, but I just haven't seen them all yet. One of the reasons I believe I need a relatively large number of splines is the fact that there are modeled suction cups under the tentacle that are not modeled into the mesh but rather lie on top of the mesh. If I don't have enough sections, I believe the suction cups will show too much "float" when the tentacle bends. If I model the cups into the mesh, I might avoid the float and need less bones, but then I would have a pretty heavy mesh too. I don't know and was trying to avoid splining the cups into the skin. But just to be thorough, I might just do that for comparison. Oh, and I'm a long way off from a good working solution. But I know a heck of a lot more about bones and rigging than I did a week ago Eric
  10. I like it Nancy and have been thinking along the same lines. Here's the thing though: I'd like to build a rig that has null controls like you have, but it should be set up so that one null controls several tentacle bones with control fall off radiating away from the null along the tentacle. A long tentacle may have 20 or more bones in it, that would be an awful lot of nulls to control.
  11. I hate it when I do that...out of frustration, I post a question, and then my tenacity puts me back in front of the computer to finally figure it out. Don't touch compensate when setting this up. Now the question is, unless someone has a thorough understanding of bones, constraints, and rigging, is there an easy way to figure out or see when compensate is used and when not? Also, I had a bit of a time figuring out what ease does in this case and how to set it....Maybe I should ask when your book is coming out? Will you cover rigging and bones basics such as ease, compensate, etc? Sign me up
  12. Robert, I'm trying to adapt your path rig to my tentacle. I've got most of it figured out, but when I manipulate the tentacle in an action, the tentacle mesh twists at the path contraint points. When I applied the "Roll like" constraints in the pose, I clicked the "compensate" button before applying. It was wrong to do that for the constrain to path, is it also wrong to do it for the "Roll like?" Eric
  13. Amazing William, I can't believe you splined all the sucker cups to the tentacles. Mine are just sitting on the tentacle mesh. Trying to keep it somewhat manageable as far as spline count. Nancy, thanks for posting the comparison between fan bones and weighting. That's exactly what I was talking about, but it wasn't that same post. Since we have your great example now, I don't need to look for the other one anymore. Eric
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