So I've imported a model from Makehuman into Blender, including clothes, and played around with the textures until I'm fairly happy with it. The entire model is made up of nine meshes, including the eyes; I don't need a tongue or teeth.

Because I'm still pretty new to this and have had difficulty in learning how to rig, I decided to join all the meshes into one and then add a decimate modifier to lower the face count. I managed to get it down to about a third it's size. All good so far!

I added a basic meta rig because I just need to have him walking away from the camera. However, once I'd parented the model to the rig, parts of the mesh - namely the arms of the overcoat - wouldn't move with the rest of the model.

Can someone tell me what I've done wrong? Or what I can do to correct this?

Because I'm still a noob I'm wondering whether it has something to do with the proximity of the overcoat arms to the bones beneath. Underneath that overcoat is a suit that still has arms and a back though you can't see them. Should I just delete the unseen parts of it?

Thanks in advance

  • $\begingroup$ It's not something I can diagnose without seeing your bend file ((How to add a blend file)) But I am curious? Why not export a basic rig from MakeHuman as a mhx2 file and then import it into Blender with the rigify option? $\endgroup$ Oct 26, 2021 at 23:36
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Marty! I'll upload the blend file shortly. As for why I didn't Import the Makehuman rig - no real reason other than a desire to follow a meta rig tutorial I'd watched a dozen times and STILL hadn't gotten right! $\endgroup$ Oct 26, 2021 at 23:54
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What you can do is separate your jacket as new object, parent it to the armature With Automatic Weight, then join back to the body.

If you want to transfer the vertex groups from the body to keep some weight painting you've made, separate the jacket, select the body, shift select the jacket, switch it to Weight Paint mode, go in the header menu > Weights > Transfer Weights, and in the Operator box make sure that you have Source Layers > By Name, Destination Layers > All Layers:

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Note that if you need to give it some corrections, you need to display the good layers (here I highlight the layer where you have the deform bones), then select the armature, shift select the jacket and paint bone by bone. At last you can join back the jacket with the body:

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks very much, @moonboots. I'll try all that and let you know how I go $\endgroup$ Oct 27, 2021 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ That's working like a charm so far! I havent followed all your instructions yet but to the extent I have it's all following the rig and doing what it should! Thankyou very much! How do I mark this down as answered? $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2021 at 22:17

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