Huge thanks to Chris Kuhn for his TechBuilder Pro (sold on Blender Market), and greyoxide from Blendswap for his Shipyard v. 0.7.
This time, it took only 3000 samples and 8 hours and 47 minutes: I can live with that. Need to save some money and buy the point density training on Blender Market though, so that those plasma jets look better next time. :-)
P.S. I don't know why the gallery has truncated this image to an absolutely ridiculous size, but here is the link to a full-sized version: http://blenderartists.org/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=434871&d=1462064360
- Status: Final