Oh my god... !! This is so SO awesome!! Especially in combination with the whole scenery. Great work!! You're using Cinema 4D you said? .. is there any tips you could give complete beginners? I've got it for myself, and would love to try it.. but I just don't know where to start with model Rendering. I know the basic interface, but that's about it.
It's VERY very different from 3D Max so I am sort of lost .. urgh.
Yes, I am using C4D and believe me, is really easy to learn all the basics Tips for begginers? well, is basically play with all the material's channels (how they behave/look), use more than one light source (i.e omni light + sky), use GI and AO (change the settings for different outputs) and is really important to edit the final render in Photoshop/GIMP/etc (modifying brigthness, contrast, curves, etc... this makes a huge difference!), Area Shadows are most realistic but increases render times (use them for main lighting, the others can use Soft Shadows or none) try to equal quality and render times (longer render times =/= better renders). The rest is up to you and your imagination, if you have some specific question just send me a note, I'll reply as soon as I can