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Rendered in two phases due to the issue of the figure not allowed to be placed "off" of the planet itself (ie, the figure had to stand on the planet which I did not want of course).
Therefore I rendered the Planet, then the figure and combined the two in photoshop which was a little more work than I had originally planned.
On the figure phase, I substituted a blue sphere for the planet to allow the radiosity effect to cast a blue glow across the face. Then swapped in (easier said than done) the planet and removed the sphere.