VIDEO: ROACH ATTACK!
In this video, we watch some Zerg Roaches fend off a couple of Crypt Fiends with their new attack animation!
After modeling each unit from scratch, we decided to have fun and make some aesthetic changes to the attack animations from Starcraft. We only changed the way the attacks themselves look. The range, damage, and timing are all left untouched.
With the Roach, we wanted to give better purpose to the scythes without sacrificing the range of the original attack. To do this, we tried all sorts of crazy things, like firing the scythes upwards and dropping them down like mortar-axes ( I personally preferred this one), but in the end we went with the craziest idea: Have the Roach's head literally blast off with the scythes, and then have the missing limbs regrow!
This is demonstrated in the five frames of animation below:
Early on we thought about making the Roach a “lightning bug”, using the two scythes as large electrical arcs. The Roach would have electricity randomly coursing over its body while it walked around, spit a greenish-yellow acidic snot-ball, and pour out yellow acidic blood when it died. Maybe next time.