I pat myself on the back for My Ingenuity, but not to hard as somtimes it just makes a mess. I am not afraid to dive in and try though and if I make a mistake it just teaches me what not to do the next time. I dont think I would worry about the armor plates on Yours, or at least not yet. You already put in all those port holes and I think it might be allot of work to rework that area. still if what I'm doing works good You might give it a go. You might just ad lines to simulate the armor plates, and ad a layer along the Horizontal area where tha main armor belt was visible on the outside or the ship.
Your ship is a thing of bueaty and I find nothing wrong with it as She looks, and I dont critisize any ones art, I just dont add features of effects to mine that I didn,t like from other peoples projects, and do add features and techniqes that I do like.