Been a while since I posted here, but now I have a question for those more seasoned in rigging than I am:
Is it possible to duplicate part of an armature, and get any constraints to go along with them?
I’m working on an armature for an animation of some long cylinders. I want these to be able to curl up into spirals, among other things. I’ve been experimenting with different techniques to get the controls I want, and am now satisfied with the one segment I’ve done. It consists of around 20 bones with 9 IK chains and a few other constraints, a lot of locking and limiting, and custom draw types. Trouble is, I need to duplicate this segment 15 to 20 times to get the desired result.
When I duplicate the bones in edit mode, Blender keeps the hierarchy but doesn’t duplicate all the intricate constraints and locks / limits. What’s even worse, any bones that have custom draw types don’t even show up in edit mode and thus are not copied. Duplicate doesn’t work in pose mode. All the bones involved are copied.
So, basically, I’d have to reset the drawtypes, duplicate the bones a number of times, and then go through each segment adding the constraints and locks and setting the draw types.
Unless, that is, any of you know of a workaround or solution?
Any help greatly appreciated.