As much as I liked the preceeding design, I felt it was a little too generic, so I went about redesigning the base hull again, making it more narrow and a bit taller.
I began a reimaging of the Stanford Torus (which I almost always type 'Standford' before I have to go back and fix it. This is the top half of the station, which would be mirrored on the other half.
I added smaller railgun turrets as well as some CIWS systems.
I didn't care for the original bridge layout, so it was replaced with this version. The bridge section contain so many polygons, it started to drag down my system, so I spent most of the time working with that layer turned off. New cooling 'fins' can be seen towards the aft section.
I went on to create several turrets, large and small. This one fell into the medium category. Each turret is designed with it's own reactor and cooling system.
To distract from my utter failure to be 100% awesome with my first redesign attempt, I moved onto creating detailed hull panels for the ship. I knew that this would eventually cause the total polygon count to skyrocket, but I decided to move forward, if anything it was more practice.
I forget, am I supposed to point out where I have difficulties, or should I show no weakness? The stern section of this hull gave me a major headache, I could find a shape I was happy with. As a result, I eventually moved on and left it for later. The initial bridge design is seen here.
The beginning of many hull configurations. The initial choice was to make the hull wider to support additional main turrets.
Stripping down the model show defects even with the base hull, so back to the drawing board to rebuild the base from scratch. Since this model will not be for the 'Reaper Class', for the time being it will be labeled as the Saratoga Class Battleship. (How does spell check not know the word 'saratoga'?)
The Reaper is an old model I created a few years ago when my modelling skills were a bit lacking. Although it has great lines, it needed a serious rework, so here we are. I'm actually going to upgrade it's class, keeping the original (for the library) and using it as a base to create a larger class. Since the Reaper was a Cruiser, this one will be a Battleship. Ohhhh, scary, right?