I would also go for just random structures - "access hatches", random protrusions (see Star Destroyers on any picture search ever for ideas about random boxy structures) and room-looking sections that appear to house people, weapons emplacements (even for fixed, forward-firing weapons, make it look like a bunker or something, low-lying but still obvious), random grills, dips, "shield stuff", "other technical randomness", "wings or assorted stuff absolutely pointless in space", turrets, scanner antennae, radar/radio dishes, docking bays/ports/USD ports/docks-to-temporarily-attach-a-ship-to-the-hull, and anything else you can possibly come up with. Pipes, tubing, and tanks are favorites of the community, and are pulled off in every way from garish and overly bright and cheerful to realistic-looking.
I've even seem gigantic ammo belts for, apparently, MASSIVE C-C weapons ... lol. Those ... they're interesting.
I've seen engine decorations from the absurd to the amazing to the beautiful, but all of them have their own appeals.
Experiment around. Detail can't hurt, but in this game, nice sleek lines usually don't go too well. It's just the blocks, I think, something about it just doesn't fit sleek shapes.
But hey, if you make it work, do it. It's a nice start - better than my correctly named "Mining Monstrosity". Can anybody say "Systems Cube"?
Yeah, i know about details. this ship already has a WIP 2.0 version ready with more details on the side and improvements to power and thrust, which i will try to release after yesterday. I've use tanks and vents and pipes before in a fleet submission, but my time is sucked up by revision and work on a battleship.
well, it's been a while, and many random, unfinished projects later, i have
the finished frigate, an almost finished cruiser, a mining drone and a thing.
these 2 things (ignore large ship top left)this ugly thing that is finished and i dislike quite a bit and this, which is my current project, and is not even close to being finished.
Lol, I hit over 10k mass (iirc) on my new large-ship-build and I'm aiming for less than 500m, but it's advanced armor and over 20k blocks, I believe. Don't quote me on these numbers; I'd have to look. The idea is to match and defeat Vaygr's stupid 142k mass monstrosities on LvD.