I know this is probably the last place to ask this, considering that this is a MAPPING community, but I've really hit a dead end and I just hope someone has the answers i'm looking for. So I've worked on a few models here and there, mostly static, just to get the hang of it. I want to make the jump to dynamic prop making so in other words make my models animate. I feel with animation I can do a whole lot more and bring some really cool stuff to the community. Anyways, Ive been using Maya and XSI and I've become stumped. Animating in Source is completely different since bones become involved, and separate SMD files with bone data. I've looked high and low for a tutorial on animating my prop but I've found nothing that puts me on the right path. I had a few attempts of making a simple object spin 360 degrees on it's y-axis through Maya/XSI but the model just doesn't appear in the viewer when I compile it. Clearly I am doing something isn't right and I know it's simply because I don't have enough information/ knowledge on the subject. Has anyone done this before? Do anyone know how to animate props with either Maya or XSI? Or is it something no knows.