"Brake apart" animation

Hi guys,

I’ve tried different sollutions but none known for me works fine.
Here what I have:

  • simple barrel made of 20 single boards (separate objects)
    What I want to achieve:
  • aniamation of barrel explosion, where single boards DON’T deform, only are thrown aside and land on ground, of course I don’t want to animate each board separatelly, I want to use physics
    If you have any ideas on how to do it, I will be very gratefull for your help.

Animating them all by hand would probably be the best thing to do, it would garantee whatever effect you want. But maybe you can use a Particle System together with the Explode modifier, though I think it works by faces, so it is something to give thought.