Last night I got my grubby mitts on a copy Daz|Studio, the new free 3D figure posing tool from Daz3d (makers of Bryce 3D, the modelling package I've been playing with for the last week) and it seems that I was right, this thing is going to be perfect for doing the artwork for UW. I can build the set in Bryce 3D (though it needs more learning ony my part), pose the figure in studio, export it to Bryce 3D, add SFX, angle the camera, render and ta da! A picture fit for photoshopping. What's nicer is that once you have a character built you can easily reuse them in different scenes. This may prove handy.
Early attempts are promising, though now I'd like to get the basic models to work with (there are some in the Studio package but they're fairly egyptian). Typically enough, the basic models (Michael 3.0 and Victoria 3.0) are forty dollars a piece. It's not that they're not worth it but there's something about shelling out forty dollars for a download that doesn't quite sit right with me.
That said, they have a cunning plan, the only other piece of software on the market that does this kind of thing is Poser and that costs about 90 dollars (with loads of content and models) so this tool is free and they're going to subsidise the cost from revenue made on the models.
It's all good, as they say.