1st Design: Probably the reason why you're not thrilled about the backside is because the back is detailed and curvy while the front is straight and not-as-detailed. I think the back is quite promising, so I suggest taking two routes: Change the front to suit the back or visa versa.
Well since I'm unable to really find a good way to place heavier weaponry other than making the "Fun" parts of the ship flat to accommodate turrets I kind of can't think of an alternative to the flat front curvy behind thing...Wait...that just sounds wrong.
My issue is more that the ship's rear already fell out as a clusterfuck once and to actually complete the ship I had to chop off the wings that were supposed to come where the outer engines now are.
Design in 2nd/3rd: Well made vessel there.. You mentioned you had issues with doodads. Would these doodads be located on moving sections? If so then I should tell you that doodads on move/rot/turret sections will flip in both the Y position and Y scale.
Hmm that could be it. Thanks.
Would that also happen to cause doodads to get depthed under their parent section?
Okay after tinkering with the ship for a bit, I discovered that in two cases, the doodads were mirrored relative to their parent section while in the third, they got mirrored across the ship.
The visual design is now probably complete. Further balancing might pop up later.
File comment: The ship itself. Download if you want to see it in action.
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File comment: The .sb file. Download if you want to tinker with the design.
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And on it's first try the shells went straight through a Leviathan, wiping out whatever sections there were on the exit.
I reduced the speed and punch a tad since then but might to it a bit more.
Design in 4th/5th: I think the front end that consists of two triangular sections can use some more work.
True. To be honest the design is mostly the basic shape at the moment, before it's actually finished, I'll have to add all the various details and lights. Maybe even some more curves to the front.
Though now that I finished the middle ship, I'll probably concentrate on this design.
Okay, couldn't sleep so I was toying with these two. Added plenty of shiny, (probably too much) after redoing the nose.
Except for some bits around the wings, the lights are the same on both.
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