First off, I apologize for confusing you good people with two names. I typically go by Spear in #modeling_design and thus, I am labeling the thread likewise.
Figured it's high time I start posting and updating consistently in my own thread, so here goes!
Alright, out with the old and in with the new or something. Originally, I'd chose to stick with a diffuse only material setup, but decided against that after some careful consideration and convincing from the awesome Andrew Morris. I'd done some normal/spec work awhile back, but the results weren't as up to par as I'd have liked. Anyway, Andrew was incredibly helpful in sharing his knowledge on the matter and we also discovered the awesomeness of Crazy Bump!
This will probably be my last update on this piece as I have to move on with another project. Please don't let this detour anyone from throwing their 2 rubbles in [img]/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Thanks for your comments everyone.