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!
Lee Sounder has released his Voronoi Cathedral kit that will help build nice scenes with intricate architecture. The kit mixes Greek architecture and Voronoi pattering, providing a number of meshes that can save you time.
Introducing the Voronoi Cathedral kit! This series involves Greek architecture merged with Voronoi patterning. Most of the meshes have 3 versions: a 1-sided version, and 2 double-sided versions. One with openings and one with sealed holes. Even though these are high poly, they still have proper edge loops which can be subdivided.
- NO textures/materials. Plaster textures from poliigon.com
- NOT game-ready
- UVs just Auto-unwrapped: The product renderings use tri-planar mapping
You can find more details on the pack here.