OK people KEEP making excuses that it is "too expensive for a hobby" well I know here in Yuma registering with the community college here was 30 bux. That gets me a student ID. I can get a student version of 3ds from 2015-2020 I believe for free. Now I have a license as part of a business years ago but I have sent many people wanting to learn 3ds the student way. Same for Substance they also have a free student license.
Now some will whine about the DLC and how all assets have to be payware etc. LOOK if YOU are doing it as a hobby and NOT charging for the work WHILE you are learning you will never run afoul of a student license. But people are gonna whine about it and argue it anyway.
I know payware authors using student versions and no I am not gonna out them LOL but if you are gonna pick gnat crap out of pepper to have an EXCUSE NOT to do it, then you just aint gonna do it LOL
If I may interject my own opinion here, I do agree with mrsci to some extent. Being a student of a technical college or community college does give you a discount or free opportunity to get drawing programs. I am in the aviation program and have access to Catia and such. HOWEVER, it is understandable that people not in CC or a technical college don't have it. It does get pricey.
I looked over the previous posts here, and the thread was pointed at those who have access to high end cards that can run Ultra graphics in 2019. Just gonna leave that there.
I'll say I'm happy with T:ANE and won't upgrade to 2019 until it's $20 on steam in 5 years. I can get near 2019 graphics by just altering the colors of the day, and it works great, especially with fog. I appreciate the look of the PBR textures though.