I’ve signed up for a couple more cheap courses on Udemy. One was creating fantasy landscapes in max and corona, but it’s pretty easily implemented in Blender. I’m not sure if I learned anything new, but I must admit I’ve tried this kind of scene before without getting a result I like, and this one I’m reasonably happy with.
I’ve given up on the Pripyat stairwell. I think the peeling paint will need modelling, and the amount of it is just too daunting. However the second scene in my current course (a temple) also has lots of detail. I get bored pretty quickly. Still thinking whether to start it or not.