armour deformation with bones?

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  07 July 2003
armour deformation with bones?

i haven't experience with bones/deformation etc, but if i model an armour for my orc, when i'll rig it the armour will deform? can i tell lw the armour is a "hard" object and have only to follow the arm for example?

thanks for advices.

  07 July 2003
yes, the armour will deform. Build it on different layers and parent the different parts of the armour to the bones, that way they still follow the rig but act hard.
hope it helps...
  07 July 2003
Couldn't you just use weightmaps as well and leave it under one layer if you want to. Give it it's own bone as well.
  07 July 2003
If you give part of an object, like a piece of armor, 100% weight, and have a single bone affecting that weight, you'll be effectively telling LW that it's solid/hard.

As Fourd suggested, create a child bone of the arm bone for each piece of armor on the arm. The tell each of the "armor" bones to use the weightmap for the appropriate piece of armor. The armor will then move with the arm, but you also have full control over each piece of armor.

The benefit to doing it this way, as opposed to parenting to bones, is less objects to deal with, as well as being able to vary the weight of some parts of the armor, for example you can have a piece of leather or cloth joining two pieces of armor that will deform while the solid part of the armor doesn't deform.
  07 July 2003
thanks for replies guys, hope to finish armour soon to try this

  01 January 2006
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