Kritika Online - Shadow Mage Skill
How to use MASH to build a jet engine in Maya. A great tutorial that is jam-packed with tips and tricks for using Maya to model a detailed model.
Also for a basic soft effect, add or multiply some Fresnel over the diffuse or even into the emissive colour to fake that glow around the edges look.
Unreal Engine VFX
Faking fluid in a container [UE4] - Polycount Forum
Substance Designer - Master Thread - Page 3 - Polycount Forum