Okay, the Noob to Pro wiki book is still not up to snuff on the animation pages. I know how to pose my rigged character, and I know how basic keyframe IPO animation works, but I am having a hard time getting to understand the idea of Actions and the NLA editor.
Is there a tutorial out there which is for 2.40 and the best way to (1) make your first action, (2) make a completely different action, and (3) combine them? There are walkcycle tutorials coming out my ears, but none of them really go to the next step (so to speak).
My goal project is to animate martial arts moves. In training, one kinda learns “keyframe” poses, and incorporates them into moves (kata or waza). More complicated motions are just built from smaller components.