Dino Tankbots

The Dino Tankbot was kind of an inside joke that spiraled out of control. The story is that he’s a cybernetic baseball playing dinosaur from the future, where all baseball is played by robotic dinosaurs. Dino Tankbot is a model that has tank?treads?for legs, and he’s absolutely terrible. He’s ?stupid, can’t follow orders, and thinks about comfort foods instead of the game. The coach of the team (Coach Barris), is?constantly?frustrated by his terrible team of Tankbots. He spends most of his time in the dugout drinking and trying to forget that the team’s owners have insisted that he keep the Tankbots on the team.

Using Maya, I rigged up a 3D model of Tankbot when I was experimenting with what I can do. He has a ton of features and would probably be pretty fun to animate.

 

In addition, to make Coach Barris even more frustrated, the other baseball teams are built of Dinosaur Cyborgs who are actually good at baseball. These guys are rigged up with controls more specific to playing the game, such as extending gloves, robotic batting arms, and automatic catcher masks.

 

I’m not going to go into details about how I rigged them up, but if you know anything about rigging you can probably tell what kinds of methods I was using. I would probably do it a little differently if I made these now.

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