I am trying to setup a rig that is based on rigid body shapes driving bones that then drive a mesh. The current setup is a chain of cylinders attached to each other with rigid body constraints (point type.) A chain of bones is child of an IKed to the cylinders, and a mesh strip is controlled by the bones. (See attached file.)
Currently is working well, except that the cylinders can roll over and twist the bones too much. I would like to limit the amount they can roll. This seems to be the local Z. I have tried the Limit Rotation constraint. This succeeds in having them stop rolling at a certain point, but then they fall over and begin rotating in other directions.
How can I stop their roll without this new poor behavior? The file is attached showing my setup. Is there a better way to do this?