Decided to work with the capitol ship notion some more ... trying to focus on indicating scale through detail input but I'm not quite there yet. More work is yet to be done.
I was able to do some mild shading within the hour .. getting faster now. Though I wish I had CS5 on my home computer. While 2 has basically all of the functionality of 5, its lacking a bit in the brushes area...
But I'll make due!
I'm looking forward to working this one up some more.