This screen shot demonstrates the issue I was having where I could see the texture I wanted on the right but when rendered with mental ray the textures were a no show.
After following Alan's tutorial - which I should have done in the first place - I managed to get it working! The red squared out area is after I applied the diffuse (colour), bump and specular maps like in the tutorial! Result! No do do that to all my models and I'm ready to try to animate again!