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An "armature" is a type of object used for rigging. Armature object borrows many ideas from real life skeletons.

Your first armature

In order to see what we're talking about, let's try to add the default armature in Blender.

(Note that armature editing details are explained in the armatures editing section).

Open a default scene, then:

  • delete all objects in the scene
  • make sure the cursor is in the world origin with ⇧ ShiftC
  • press 1 NumPad to see the world in Front view
  • then, either:
    • in the Main Menu, Go to Add > Armature > Single Bone
    • -or- in the 3D view, add an armature with ⇧ ShiftA   »  Armature » Single Bone
  • press Del numpad to see the armature at maximum zoom
Toolbox: Add » Armature » Single Bone
The default armature

The armature object

As you can see, an armature is like any other object type in Blender:

  • It has a center, a position, a rotation and a scale factor.
  • It has an ObData datablock, that can be edited in Edit mode.
  • It can be linked to other scenes, and the same armature data can be reused on multiple objects.
  • All animation you do in Object mode is only working on the whole object, not the armature’s bones (use the Pose mode to do this).

As armatures are designed to be posed, either for a static or animated scene, they have a specific state, called “rest position”. This is the armature’s default “shape”, the default position/rotation/scale of its bones, as set in Edit mode.

In Edit mode, you will always see your armature in rest position, whereas in Object and Pose mode, you usually get the current “pose” of the armature (unless you enable the Rest Position button of the Armature panel).

Armature chapter overview

In the "Armatures" section, we will only talk about armatures themselves, and specifically we will talk about:

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World and Ambient Effects


World Background

Ambient Effects

Stars (2.69)

Game Engine


Introduction to the Game Engine
Game Logic Screen Layout


Logic Properties and States
The Logic Editor


Introduction to Sensors
Sensor Editing
Common Options
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-Random Sensor
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-Touch Sensor


Controller Editing
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-NAND Controller
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-XOR Controller
-XNOR Controller
-Expression Controller
-Python Controller


Actuator Editing
Common Options
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-Edit Object Actuator
-Game Actuator
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Game Properties

Property Editing

Game States



Camera Editing
Stereo Camera
Dome Camera




Material Physics
No Collision Object
Static Object
Dynamic Object
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Soft Body Object
Vehicle Controller
Sensor Object
Occluder Object

Path Finding

Navigation Mesh Modifier

Game Performance

Framerate and Profile
Level of Detail

Python API

Bullet physics


Standalone Player
Licensing of Blender Game

Android Support

Android Game development