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Posted: Sep 23, 2020 in Discussion

mc head By David

Overview

Apex AnimationThe Apex Hosting Rig is a pretty nifty Minecraft Character rig for Blender 2.8 and 2.9. This stud was handcrafted for use in Apex Hosting advertisements and social media posts. This rig in particular has many features which include fancy feet, a flip bone, wrists, fingers, the ability to toggle between a smooth and a square mouth, adjustable eye placement along with size, squash, and stretch, and the ability to extrude. All of these features can be utilized for renders, animations, fan art, thumbnails, and generally anything you’d need a Minecraft character for. This includes, but is not limited to Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook, and backwater social media like Storyfire. Before we dive in, let me start off by saying I am in no way qualified to teach you how to utilize this rig. All of the instructions were written prior to my arrival and probably drafted by an expert or something…probably.

Where can I download this rig?

The rig is available from Blendswap under Apex Hosting’s account here: https://www.blendswap.com/blend/26004

FAQ

What software is the rig made for?
The rig is compatible with Blender 2.8 and 2.9.

How do I adjust the eyes and mouth?
Click ‘eye control’ or ‘mouth control’ and press “N” to open the sidebar. Under item > properties. As for the mouth, you can change the type (square or curved) and teeth placement. The eyes and mouth are the most expressive parts of a person’s face, especially when they don’t have a nose. For the eyes, you can adjust the height, size, and placement.

How can I switch between FK and IK?
Click the IK bones and open the sidebar with “N”. From item > properties you can toggle the FK/IK values.

How do I disable fingers?
Let’s be real, the fingers are kinda gross. On a more simple project, it may be better to disable them. Select the wrist bone (the circle with an arrow near the lower portion of the arm). Open the sidebar with “N” and under item > properties you will see the option to toggle fingers set as 1. To disable the fingers, set the value to 0. Makes sense to me.

How can I pose the rig in Blender?
Click on any of the rig controls, and they all should highlight. Head up to the top left, and switch the “object mode” dropdown to “pose mode.” From there, you should be able to rotate, translate, and scale any of the controls. This is the proper procedure when animating Fortnite dances.

Conclusion

The Apex Hosting Rig is a fantastic character to use for anything from thumbnails to animations. I personally think it is way more advanced than the old one, with tons of more features to boot. To call this the ideal would be quite an understatement. What’s his name again? Doug? I don’t recall, but with that said, good luck with whatever you decide to use him for!