I'd love to see that tutorial xrabohrok. I guess my question was a little vague but it does come down to making the rig properly, which is something I don't have a lot of experience in. And your suggestions make a lot of sense. Thank you
I've been having trouble with automatic weight painting and so I have been trying, as you mentioned, to have individual bones control very specific vertices. I'm not sure I'm choosing the right sets but the rig is getting better.
One other question. Is it better to have just one fully connected mesh as opposed to a mesh of individual shapes joined together?