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Old 19-08-2005, 10:28 PM   #1
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Talking I'm faster than lightning!

Ignore that cheesy line from Virtua Fighter, because actually I need help with maya lightning. I have this high poly insect character that has two antennae on it's head. I want to have a lightning bolt go across them, but since the antennae are attached to the mesh and thus are the same object, I can't add a lightning bolt. How can I solve my problem?

I tried adding two seperate cubes and then adding the effect, but I wanted them to follow along with my model when I animate it. However if I tried to group or combine the blocks with the model, the lightning detached from one block but stayed on the other, obviously needing to connect.

Is there anyway I can have one mesh and have the lightning possibly be connected to different faces, edges, or vertices on that same mesh?

Please help.
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Old 20-08-2005, 05:59 AM   #2
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No, it needs to be two separate objects. Recommend using a work-around... create locators where you want the terminators of the lightning to be. Parent the locators to the antennae. Create the lightning between the two locators.
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