Groups, armatures, proxies, etc.

I have a robot arm with armature. I want to use it several times so I’ve made it a group. Now I need to be able to pose each group’s armature separately.

Where are we at with this? Last time I had to do this it was before 2.49, and I couldn’t make a proxy object without saving the group out to a different file and linking it back in (it’s a small arm, really not worth its own file.) Also I don’t think you could have more than one proxy per group, which in this case completely defeats the point.

So, in 2.62, is it possible to create several proxies of one armature from a group kept on a separate layer in the same blend file? I’ve been unable to find any docs apart from the old 2.49 manual.

I guess not then…