Somehow my best works are always done because of women...
And this one was a bitch. Uhm... I mean this piece, not this girl!
Really! I know it could use a LOT of love still, like better materials, textures and lighting, not to mention more render-time to get rid of all this fireflies... But hell get me if I'm going to do it right now. I've sit through it for waaaay too long, mostly wasting my free (or sleep) time.
Cuz' first - Blender Internal renderer proved to not only suck at glossy materials, it proved it takes a full black gangbang. And gladly. Yafaray did a decent job, but with lack of material fine-tuning options it wasn't good enough. So then - tested Lux Renderer and Nox Renderer. And both of them are just LOVELY. And also, crashed after about 10 minutes of rendering. So I've started diagnostics on my PC, found new RAM and HD to buy just in case and spend 48h testing, testing, testing. And who knows? It turned out my BIOS for SOME UNGODLY REASON underplayed RAM voltage by 15%. Restored native voltage, and everything works just fine. And by everything, I mean everything BUT Lux Renderer, that I wanted to use. One second - it works, another - it doesn't. So after about 20 re-installations of every and any combination of Lux 0.8 / 0.9 and Blender 2.58 / 2.59 and even forcing both of them to versions know to work, that my friend send me... It turns out, that Blender startup file, that even the portable versions for some UNHOLY reason keeps at "windowsian" location was... I don't even know what was wrong with it, I just banished it to hell and it works. And no, simply using "restore factory defaults" didn't work.
So - model in Blender, 8h of rendering in Lux render, tonemapping in Photomatrix, little post in Photoshop. And here it is.
Also, as I found some time for my personal projects, I got ANOTHER commission. Why does they come, when I don't need more? And they doesn't, when I die of hunger?
YOU ROCK, MATES! 1k in 7h? THANKS!