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Maya Dragon Rig 3D Model

Free Maya Dragon Rig made by Truong CG Artist

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  • Maya (.ma, .mb) - v2012


Includes Normal MapYes
Detail Levelhigh
Avg. Textures Res.4k


Last Modified:12/16/2016
Total Size of Files: 115 MB
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  • asairin

    asairin said 4 months ago:

    It's a beautiful model, but it's a bit of an unworkable rig by studio standards. I'll list the big issues with it. 
    -no clavicle/scapula controls. 
    -top IK spine control needs to have its pivot at about the center of the dragon's ribcage along it's spine, not at the base of the neck. 
    -base IK tail control does not swing entire tail despite setting its children controls to follow 10.
    -mid IK neck controls should work just like the mid IK spine control with no rotational control. 
    -wing "fingers" need to have some sort of automation, and the elbow finger is just a bit silly. 
    -rear foot does not have a true quadrupedal setup. Where you have the main foot control should actually be the ball of its foot, and the model appears to have two heels, which is a bit silly. A big problem with this setup is that without being able to lock the ball of the foot, making the character sit on its entire foot is near impossible. 
    -front "hand" IK controls need to have switchable Root, World, and Chest space control.
    Something that also would be nice is a root that has an adjustable pivot. When youre animating a flying dragon, you should be able to pivot the entire character at a point just below a point in between the shoulders. 
  • Clipdix

    Clipdix said 6 months ago:

    Loved the rig! Super awesome for a shot I wanted to test out. I can't get it to render properly though. It turns out super bright everytime. Any suggetions?
  • adrian braicu

    adrian braicu said over 1 year ago:

    great rig how ever there seems to be some kind of connection with the rig file and the lighting file, when i dont use the lighting file there is a light source that is not showing up anywhere and i am unable to work with it or get rid of it. please let me no how i can use this rig with out any light source
  • cvbtruong

    cvbtruong said over 1 year ago:

    Hi Chris, You can scale the dragon without any problem now. Let me know if you have any further issues. Best, Truong
  • Chris Robinson

    Chris Robinson said over 1 year ago:

    This is the best dragon I have had the privilege of working with; thank you for sharing for FREE! That said, I'd like to do some test animations that use effects like bifrost aero; and unfortunately the dragon needs to be scaled in the scene to do this. When I attempted to scale the dragon, his spines don't stay put (they move all over his body and eventually, when I scale to .01, they crumple up underneath him). Let me know if there is a way to scale the dragon and keep the spines on his back in the same place relative to the dragon body.
  • cvbtruong

    cvbtruong said almost 2 years ago:

    Hi Sozzo98, I have this warning too. But nothing is serious about this, you can animate and render without any problem.
  • Sozzo98

    Sozzo98 said almost 2 years ago:

    Hi, I am having a problem with opening the file in Maya 2016 it says "Errors have occurred while reading this scene that may result in a data loss in the dragon rig. Please check the Script Editor for details. And it says the same for Dragon lighting. Can you please help me?
  • cvbtruong

    cvbtruong said almost 2 years ago:

    This is Epic, Roberto El Diablo! If you want to I can render the animation for you, simply send me the file via my email (if the file is heavy, upload somewhere & send me the link) Cheers! :D
  • Antoine Barthod

    Antoine Barthod said almost 2 years ago:

    Thank you for this truly amazing rig ! I have nearly nothing to say ! You can watch a little animation I did with it here if you want Truong :)
  • cvbtruong

    cvbtruong said almost 2 years ago:

    Thank you for send me this animation, maya norway! Love it. Love it so much. What do you mean "the poles sticking out of its arms"? Can you send me an email to Let see if I can fix it. I also see the spines not follow the body correctly (skinning issues), I will fix it.

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