Also, the end looks rather thin, looks like it could be snapped off too easily, leaving one gun short.
I wouldn't be so worried about the particle gun, as much as losing the engine basically hamstrings the ship.
The whole thing is awesome looking, something I would mount on a station's edge to spin around and cut stuff up. I hope that edge can cut...
It doesn't cut. <_< The ship's abilities match with its class name, Swordbreaker
The ship is pretty damn fragile without it's shield. Though I made sure to bury important structural parts beneath armor, BSF's hit-detection is wonk when it comes to fast projectiles. There's a structural rod running down the center of the blade, buried beneath all the armor, yet it's always the first piece that blows up.
Summary of the backstory that explains the design:
Ordered built by the nation's Emperor, based on an archaic weapon, and that it had to be fully functional in combat or it'd be off with the engineers' heads. The starboard side of the ship projects a powerful shield, allowing the Swordbreaker to hold off enemy fire while other ships in the fleet fire from its cover. Due to the shield's massive power conumption, drones were chosen as the primary weapon because they could be charged between fighting, and required little power during combat. Despite this, the original function of the ship is to be a status symbol, and it's mainly used to guard a particular planet or to escort high-level officials.