Yo,this is not going to put me in a very good light,but what the heck...helping is my business,not looking good. When I rendered this model.I had no idea on how to make a lights setup. So,the lights setup in mental ray,I only used a standard one,provided with 3dsmax...its the Studio lightning scene...from the scenes available in 3dsmax. I only deleted the geometry in the scene,and placed my model,then worked the lights a bit..and thats it. hope this helps you guys to get good renders.
Sorry pal,just got back to deviantart since a looong time.at least at replying. Well,yes,area lights,dont remember now the right setup As for the shader,just plain mental ray material,but off course combined with other renders ,ao,sss..its not a simple render wam bam...its composed in PS
Oups..Sorry ppl,I haven't checked deviantart for some time,and I forgot to answer to these comments. Mr Ninjutsu...Hmm, cheated a bit here,I dont know how to make a good mental ray setup,so I used a scene that comes with 3dsmax.I think its called studio setup. Just go to Open ,and it will give you a list of scenes ( default). I just deleted some things that I didnt need from it,kept the lights and studio geometry, and added mine Hope it helps. To everybody else,thank you so much for your comments,really appreciated.