Hi Elliott, This is a great breakdown and very generous in sharing your process and insights, you came a long way from the vending machine days!
Are you planning on releasing the UE4 project to the public? Or only builds? I'd love to play around with it in the editor if possible!
Where do you find tips and tricks? Useful websites? Blogs? One of the simplest ways is to study different forums. This thread, for example, is full of Maya tips. Howard Margolius looked through it and found a tricks that might help you optimize your workflow.
Here is a video guide (go to Vimeo if not displaying correctly):
The video shows a fast and easy way to copy attributes from one object to several others. The tricks works for any channel in the channel box.
First select all the objects you want to copy attributes to, then shift-select the object you want to copy attributes from. Then select an attribute and hit tab, repeat.
Do you know some other cool tricks? Please share them with us!