Many moons ago I became quite proficient with Autodesk 3D Studio in DOS. After many years now of intermittently installing Blender, munging with it without a clue before uninstalling it, I've finally taken the time to learn it properly.
I still have a long way to go, but getting my head around shaders, the node editor, and objects as light emitters has been big revelation.
A quick and dirty render of an animation. This is more to test video embedding on this site.