Simargl. A creature (or like a son) of Svarog (Slavic deity). He was included in the Pantheon of the ancient Slavs. Before adopting Christianity, Grand Prince of Kyiv Vladimir the Great placed the image of Simargl on the Capischea (the place behind the altar in heathens) among another seven supreme idols of the ancient Slavs in Kyiv. He was considered to be a “deity of Fire” and revered in Kyiv until the 13th century. His role was to protect the world from the invasion of the evil. According to the descriptions of Simargl he possessed two forms. He appeared either like a young warrior with a red beard in an aflame armour on an aflame horse or like a fiery winged wolf-dragon. After adopting Christianity, the character of Simargl was replaced with archangel Michael. The most often images of Simargl are found during the archeological excavation of Boris-and-Gleb Cathedral in Chernihiv (Ukraine). Simargl is one of the most enigmatic personages of the Pantheon of the ancient Slavs. There are many versions of his origin: from the Scythian or Sarmatian to Persian mythology. Simargl has an animated image of magic character «Svarga» on his shoulders. The symbol, which belonged to his creator Svarog, represents a stylistical image of the rotating universe known as “The Fiery Firmament” or “The Fiery Wheel”. (translated by Vladimir Kiselov)
Simargl originally modeled, rigged and animated in 3ds Max 2012.
Rig - Character Animation Toolkit (CAT only for 3ds Max 2011 and 2012). CAT rig file in folder /CATrigs/Seemurgl.rg3 Bone system for realistic animation - tail, torso, wings, limbs, fingers, head, upper jaw, lower jaw Manipulation gismos for all animated bones.
Animation cycle in folder /Clips/fly100.clp - 100 frames Animation preview .avi format 720p simargl fly falcon style