Yeah, it’s horses for courses really.
I actually have never been overly impressed with DS renders myself. Yours does look really good though, but, it does sound like it took an awful lot of work to get it there. That said, it wouldn’t be fun if it didn’t.
Still, hey ho, such is life, there will always be folk that like one over another, but at the end of the day we can step back and just appreciate the art, no matter what it took to get there, though I do draw the line at cutting my ear off!
Below are retakes on the guys a few pages back.
PS (Poser will get Reality soon, now that does look impressive!)