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In this news we'll show off some of the new animations we have in the mod as well some pictures about the model rigs. I'm not an animator so I've just worked with bones so far, moving them separately or maybe using some IK solvers. Yeah, the hand animations looked like that...

Posted by Ashkandi on Dec 4th, 2011

Welcome!

In this news we'll show off some of the new animations we have in the mod as well some pictures about the model rigs. I'm not an animator so I've just worked with bones so far, moving them separately or maybe using some IK solvers. Yeah, the hand animations looked like that...

But now we gonna see some picture about proper rigging, a tutorial from Arby26 and a little video about the new hand animations.

I've use Blender 2.59 to make/set-up all models/animations so far. Since the original models of Grey were made in 3dsMax I found it easy enough to start on them in smd format as I've done with decompiled smds to mod L4D2 weapons. The few things I would need to remake with this method didn't take terribly long except for smoothing groups/hard edges.

   

I made my own changes to the mesh to make it deform better in all the ways I'd like to animate, mostly on the wrists and base of the thumb. I edited the vertex weights to their bones as well as subdividing+smoothing in extra polygons/loops to areas that would twist/bend, and to make it less blocky all around.

For the remade weapons, Magnumpi's meshes were easy to import and get ready to animate, no more rebuilding smoothing groups!

Here's what the rig/armature looks like after I added my dummy bones, constraints, and custom shapes to make the bones easy to see and manipulate without creating too many extra steps on exporting+compiling. Posed with Magnumpi's shotgun, and the old pistol which is still well-made:

I find the rig I made for Grey easier to work with than going back to my other weapon mod rigs. Nothing (within reason, of course!) is too hard to tweak if the current animations aren't quite there yet!

And now let's see how these weapon animations work in the mod.


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ptc5010
ptc5010 Dec 4 2011, 9:50pm says:

Jesus, I love everything about this. Appropriate speed on the shotgun reload. Also, I like the desperate/untrained way the pistol is reloaded. Keep up the good work.

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Alters
Alters Dec 4 2011, 9:51pm replied:

The first time he reloads the pistol you can see the player do a 'fail reload' where they reload slower than usual :)

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biodude
biodude Dec 4 2011, 10:41pm says:

Ah I love the fail reloads and the shotgun reload animations, you guys are great!

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boom11110
boom11110 Dec 5 2011, 12:59am says:

good animations just get new sounds for reloads and sync up the anims with the sounds correctly also new impact sounds for melee weapons other than that its great

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Leon_Kilean
Leon_Kilean Dec 5 2011, 5:28am says:

Great animations!

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Reeze17
Reeze17 Dec 5 2011, 9:40am says:

I like how he fumbles with the pistol clip first reload.

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claytonian
claytonian Dec 5 2011, 2:34pm says:

I saw the pneumatic whatever it was and cried. Most bad *** weapon since Doom's Chainsaw.

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0rpheus
0rpheus Dec 5 2011, 3:31pm says:

Like everyone else here, I too love that first "desperate" reload animation, it gives you that feeling of suspense, it's just perfect!

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KiiNG
KiiNG Dec 5 2011, 4:24pm says:

Blender :o how i would love to animate for source in blender :D

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KEEP_IT_UP!
KEEP_IT_UP! Dec 5 2011, 4:51pm says:

i like! :>

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AmazingRedd
AmazingRedd Dec 11 2011, 4:59pm says:

cool. loving it! :D

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