I have been trying to animate small bacteria landing on a leaf, so I created my base bacteria (kind looks like a rod) and then instanced it and made it fall and collide with the leaf ( i followed this great tutorial http://www.learning-maya.com/index.php?article_id=257, of falling leaves with random rotation).
But then I found that the rods are penetrating the leaf, and well not looking organic enough because the bacteria stay stif instead of beign wobbly and what not. So i added joints and parented the joints to a hair system which looks organic enough but I can't seem to instance the bacteria with the hair dynamics applied, the only thing that gets instanced is the mesh.
Up to now what I'm doing is to manually duplicate the object and individually rotate each one, then i group all those and duplicate them and put them a little bit farther up to simulate a "rain".
But of course that is not ideal, so is there any way to instance my object with the dynamic hair already attached, or are there other ways to do this like soft bodies for example (I do not have much experience on those I'm afraid so I don't know where to start).