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Old 28th May 2015, 11:42 AM DefaultCustom bone weights to Milkshape? #1
trap lorde
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Hello guys, it's me again.

I have a question concerning bone weights in general. I have troubles to rig some meshes I made, especially skirts. I tried a lot of reference meshes to copy the bone data from, but none of them worked for my meshes... Picture below shows my struggle:

So I exported in Milkshape to Blender via the ms3d script and finally had the armature file and the vertex groups in Blender and started repainting the weights. Well, I took a look at the weights from EA, they look kinda... weird... But I thought well, that's maybe the export from Milkshape that messed up the data... See what I mean: weird bone weights for the belly bone ehem

Especially the thigh, spine and breast bones were incorrect, so I focused on repainting them.

After repainting the bones quickly I exported back to Milkshape (I exported with the blender to ms3d export script). And after opening in Milkshape, I had no more joints or bone weights. Yay. I tried 3ds and fbx export too, but I loose my weights everytime

Anyone ideas how to get the bone data to Milkshape? That would be a huge step forward for me. Rigging new meshes from scratch is way better then transferring bone data from existing meshes...imao. I see so many meshes that get fucked up in game due to false rigging. Has anyone the same problems?

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Old 28th May 2015, 1:06 PM #2
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You can do manual joint weighting in Milkshape using the Joints tab or the UniMesh Bone Tool, but I don't know how to fix your Blender problem, sorry.

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Old 28th May 2015, 3:22 PM #3
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Thx for replying :*) Milkshape can only assign weights to selected verts as far as I know. The result is always ugly clipped rigging and unreal looking mesh distortions. No 'smooth' weights. Like they can be drawn in 3ds or Blender ( What exactly is the unimesh bone tool?

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Old 3rd Jun 2015, 4:49 PM #4
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You can assign fractional weights to selected vertices in Milkshape, so smooth weighting CAN be done. I haven't used Blender but maybe it's easier. According to the documentation for the Blender MS3D plugin, it doesn't do joints.

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Old 12th Jun 2015, 11:43 AM #5
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Oh noo there is no way around Milkshape, a nightmare. Sorry for the noob question, but are joints and bones the same? Is there a way to import joint/bone/whatever-data into Milkshape via common file types like fbx, dae etc.? I guess not, otherwise someone else would have already done this. I'm always wondering how ppl can 'ruin' their meshes (esp. dresses and skirts) with bad weights... asakldnhaskldfj

I mean I started as a total noob, now I'm somehow able to make my own meshes, proper uvs and stable textures BUT weighting is still a huge problem... especially for 'extraordinary' meshes. Ugh.

I'm very uncomfortable with Milkshape... I did some custom meshes for Skyrim, Dragon Age and Fallout and the weighting was not a big deal. I painted the weights in Blender or 3DS Max and this was a 10 min thing. Now I have to mess with Milkshape again oh lord, my faith is leaving me :'//////////////////

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Old 11th Feb 2019, 8:24 AM #6
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Hi, what is the script used to export from milkshape to blender? Thanks

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