P.S. Dammit Arc - one day I'll make a sprite so awesome that you'll... well... not insult me about it
Good thing you didn't try to impress me... that just ain't gonna happen unless you can pull off a miracle.
Oh, I dunno - I mean, if I get your expectations low enough I could pull off an 'impress' cos it's relative to one's expectations, heh.
Edit cos it doesn't need bumping:
The new and improved Alliance Cruiser featuring more bang, and more cool! Armaments are stored within the hull for safe keeping during travel (and to avoid aggravating the locals, heh), but at the first sign of danger they automatically deploy and activate.
Yes, I've kept the repetition cos I like it
However, I've also fleshed it out a bit down the sides, and making the turrets smaller has allowed some of the structure to show through beneath them when the armour retracts. A subtle bit of transparency, imo, helps to reduce the repetition in the main body, though I'm thinking about what to do on the engines.
Other than the engines the only bit that I'm not overly pleased with is the centre - not quite sure what to do with that gap in the armour. Perhaps some sort of bridge section? Continuous armour along that section would look FAR to repetitive, even by my standards, heh