I have only ever worked in Blender but I decided to bite the bullet and got Tim's excellent AKM tutorial. It was surprisingly much less of a headache to follow and was able to translate what he did pretty painlessly into Blender, with a few exceptions. I'd really like the FFD modifier and the peel tool for the UVs but aside from that I didn't have any trouble. Here is the result.
https://www.artstation.com/artwork/BmmA ... LWNeb90wRU