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There's a whole lot of mounts getting the Dynamic Flight treatment in the War Within, with a number of shared animation rigs between them. Blizzard artist Bex shared a few of the ones she worked on, giving us a look at the horse, dog and some more ship-like and mechanical rigs!

Let's start with the most interesting one, which includes mounts like the Stormwind Skychaser Stormwind Skychaser and Orgrimmar Interceptor Orgrimmar Interceptor, as well as all gyrocopter mounts, and more:

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last one for now- the stormwind skychaser (and orgrimmar interceptor, the xiwyllag ATV, the gyrocopters, the RAF mount, etc). one of the first sets i did and it was a great warm up for the process

We then have two seemingly similar rigs, but as it turns out they were both tricky and quite separate to get done, the horse and dog:

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my little ponies! I have very big opinions about horses in games so I asked for this rig specifically. Getting the animations on the older horse rigs was a bit of a challenge, but we made it work

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the dog rig from SL! weirdly one of the more challenging ones, getting him running through the air appealingly was tougher than the horses


So, what do you think of the new animations? Which ones are your favorite (both from here and the official video preview)? 
 

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Those are... pretty bad, honestly.

I mean, I admire the attempt, but there's basically nothing you can do animation wise that will convince me that wingless mounts need to glide and dive to build momentum and gain altitude. Especially for mounts like rockets and gyrocopters, and such. That is literally the exact opposite of how helicopters and rockets work.

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35 minutes ago, Brightamethyst said:

Those are... pretty bad, honestly.

I mean, I admire the attempt, but there's basically nothing you can do animation wise that will convince me that wingless mounts need to glide and dive to build momentum and gain altitude. Especially for mounts like rockets and gyrocopters, and such. That is literally the exact opposite of how helicopters and rockets work.

I think they did amazing job with horses. While it might not be perfect for ones like Blanchy or the one in video, it works so well for the unicorn ones. Such a joyful prance. Airship looks fine too. It has a cartoonish styled animation for boost, which is perfect in wow's setting. 

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9 hours ago, Brightamethyst said:

Those are... pretty bad, honestly.

I mean, I admire the attempt, but there's basically nothing you can do animation wise that will convince me that wingless mounts need to glide and dive to build momentum and gain altitude. Especially for mounts like rockets and gyrocopters, and such. That is literally the exact opposite of how helicopters and rockets work.

Exactly, they look weird when they are "flapping" their non-existent wings. Machines look especially bad when they just bounce up and down for no reason, and why a gyrocopter would suddenly start descending?

As for wingless creatures, legs also look pretty bad. When they are not "running" their legs just hang motionless during flight.

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