I'm using a basic armature: a couple of bones for the hand, a bone for the abdomen, chest, neck, head, clavicle, arm, forearm, thigh, shin, ankle, foot and toes. I'm use poles and targets for the arm and leg.
This basic setup works fine for walking animations, attacking, tree chopping etc. but as soon as I attempt an animation where the model is picking something up or crouching, it looks awful. The buttocks completely disappear and the abdomen is pushed in by the thighs. I've tried to weight paint my way out of this but I suspect I need more bones around the hip region to stop this from happening.
Does anyone know any good resources for improving armatures? Keep in mind that this is for a game so I'm aiming for minimal bones. I can post my blender scene on pasteall if that would help.