And what goes better with a new game than new software!
I just found the free version of Vue 11:Pioneer http://www.cornucopia3d.com/products/vue/vue_11_pioneer/ and after a slow start I am making some pretty spiffy things:
And then the first thing I do with my lovely renders is to put them through a filter to make them look more painterly.
I like the 3D renders, but the painted ones blend better with the other art assets I have.
The sprites are courtesy of ComiPo!