My 4 months of hard work finally resulted in this landscape. It took me that long mainly because I had to get around learning the software while working to create this. Not entirely satisfied, but happy for my first attempt at something like this.
The goal here was to create a hostile, cold and harsh environment, setting the mood of a far away place.I used Vue 9 to render the first frame of the environment, then painted over it in Photoshop CS5, projected it back onto the geometry by bringing both the camera and the geometry into Nuke, and then applying a camera move in Nuke. Finally added some particles using Trapcode Particular.