View Full Version : Rigging a long tail.

12-07-2004, 08:16 PM
Hi, Can someone give me a hint on how to rig a long tail? I'm trying to get a snake like movement. I'm assuming this setup requires the use of null objects between the bones and then tying off the IK. I'm using LW 7.5.


12-07-2004, 11:13 PM
Do you need to position the tip somewhere specifically in space? If not then the fastest way to get a snaking movement is to grab all the bones and FK animate a single left-right swish. Then in the graph editor offset each bone`s motion curves from the preceding bone. Set pre and post to loop and you`re done.

Splinegod has a tutorial on his site for a long neck rig where he uses selection sets to manipulate the bones. IK isn`t always the way :)

Hope some of this helps,


12-08-2004, 02:26 AM
Thanks Rory :)
I would suggest checking out the tentacle rig on my site. It shows how to do this using selection sets :)

12-08-2004, 11:25 AM
Great Ideas Guys!!! Thanks, I'll try them out.