Originally posted by satch
As a total newbie, I'd also be interested in .. Explosions, fire, water .. Is this something we should put off until we're a little more experienced?
ok, i am a newbie too. but i do know something: explosions, fire, and water is nothing you should mess around as newbie. there is other stuff that should be learned before touching such effects. of course you can just add some fire though adding some fx provided by maya, but that will not tell you the least about what you did or why you did it. and with maya 4.5 you have 2 different approaches to make fire. one is through particles, and the other is through fluids. sounds strange, but the fluids have the potential to create better and more realistic fire than particles. but you will not find fluid tuts as of right now, the fluids are just too new.