I'm not a complete noob at this, I've modeling, rigged and skinned a character before in 3ds Max but this technical challenge is making my brain hurt :P I did take a look at the pinned thread about rig re-use but there are some points where I'm still lost.
Ok so I'm making several variants of 2 meshes (vertex count not the same), one human male model and one female one, with the big changes being only in clothing (modeling in, not overlayed on top of the base model) so I'll have about 5 male variants with 5 different clothing sets and same for the female model and my question is:
I want to use the same rig for all of these models (yep, male and female sharing a single rig) but I have never done this before and I'm not exactly sure where to start. Do I overlap all the models in a single spot, add a skin modifier on them and link them all to the same bones then tweak the envelopes? I'm not sure if it even works that way, I'm kind of stuck at that point i guess. Would you guys be able to help me wrap my head around this problem and possibly point me towards a solution? Thanks guys.