@ChocIce75 - I was at the same state, if you will take look at start of my collection, you will se my first steps of shipbuilding also were more "common". Maybe you are feel lost, but that's only temporary ,think more about sollutions. Try new combinations, use different parts, make your own engines, cabins, weapons ,bodyworks from more combined parts - try to stretch editor possibilities, find some inspirations, you can make something massive and bulky or sleek and long. Ice Cube part is here wery useful here - they can serve for multiple purposes, not only as part of - for example hull plating, you can use them as hull extenders or hull cube as possition correction tool for weapons and more. After time you will hawe your own technique. Limited freedom can help your effort and also with carefull use the assymetry tool can save same place in complexity. TSB set deadline to giwe you enough time for your experiments - giwe it a try - or ten, who knows ..
What I was bad at school , were stories eh ... so - here's my try
Remains of fallen deserts ...
The sands are burning, planet is going dark.Exiles gone through hyperspace in thoughts they are last, but they were not. Unable to send any message about it's presence, last garrison was left alone and waiting for storm created by enemy, time was running out fast. Underground facility completed assembly of prototype Command carrier. A fleet combined from various cargo and combat wessels , led by Command Carrier started journey from bottom of the planet, that was meanwhille eaten by flames.For this time a carrier ,that was named Exodus, served as theirs home during search for new one.
A Division was formed,from remains of peoples from lost deserts and parts of industrial groups with it's Center on Carrier.After long aimless flight, fleet found remains of civilization at empty space, that fleet reached, far out of destroyed home. Data ,collected from structures on surface ,showing the planet was affected by unknown type of terraforming technology.Maps , those were retrieved from data storage, pointing on possible places to settle down.
Aftor collection of resources from debris on orbit, fleet followed trails from maps.
Exodus continues ...
Repetitive history of beginning ...
The light from big blue star led fleet to system with habitable planets , theirs choice was pointed to large healthy planet, fourth in this solar system.Time was again pushing on, after so long journey, resources, brought from destroyed home,were allmost out. At first the Division used carrier to build small orbital station and from remaining resources settled down a first city on a planet.In memory of tragic loss of old home and genocide it's peoples, the new one was named as New Kharak.
Due to lack of resources, the carrier was stripped down, modified and repurposed to mining operation ship.Decades passed and as New Kharak, next to capital city, started gaining structeres around it's entire globe,so much Division spreaded influence of mining operations, exploration and collonization parties into nearby planets,this time was named as first expansion era. The division set ground for new nation and secured land for new beginning ...
Conflict between three suns ...
As time passed, populations on near collonies grown bigger, to defend these places from possible threats the Division set needs for a fleet. For this goal was mining wessel rebuilded back into military ship.
Forming a fleet forced collonists to collonize planets in other solar systems nearby, soon new collonies started grow outside of Naos system.This event is known as second expansion era - during this expansion were set collonies on Solar systems , those were later named as Herrumu and Jiga.
When New Kharak started sending resources to military , many members of Division saw this as incorrect mowement in light of old Kiith wars on old Kharak.Division fell apart, to three sides:Industrial Volunteers from Jiga and newly created Herrumu Republic on planet Hera as theirs Center.Third were Division remains, those were reunited,all power was placed into new division under one representant a leader, that hawe major speech of New Kharak sovereignty, this created ground for Constitution Monarchy.First step of New Kharak Monarchy was completion of royal fleet with Flagship, named as Monarch, in lead and sending patrol groups on planets in system borders.
Other sides reacted on these military actions swiftly by sending attack groups. First ships came from Jiga system - after failed negotiations started cascade of small attacks on patrol routes, after this act of agression came in effect state of war in Naos system and Royal Fleet was sent to system Jiga.On large scale attack on planets in Jiga and fast end of conflict with Industrial volunteers reacted Herrumu republic, that declared war on New Kharak.
These acts starting event known as Faction wars or New kharak unification war.
For next decade New Kharak and Herrumu Republic fought on borders for planets nearby. When Monarch and royal council realized ,this conflict hawe no results ,they put effort to finding weaknesses of Republic fleet, and they found them. Republic hawe second fleet, that guarding third planet in the system.
On this planet, named as Terminal three, were located installations those supporting both fleets on Terminal orbit and fleet in battle with New kharak.When patrol groups fought on Naos borders , main fleet with flagship attacked second fleet on Terminal three.During battle was uncowered large mining site coming deep under surface of Terminal three .A blast from interplanetary tactical warhead can compromise a planet core and start chain reaction, that can result in total annihilation of entire planet and ewerything on it's orbit.As soon as order to fall back was sent to New Kharak fleet, warhead was launched. Thanks to interferences nearby warzone, created from energy spikes of weaponry from both fleets ,was sending of order delayed.When Flagship got message, missile made direct hit in bottom of mining site. This resulted in planet destabilization and huge blast, that destroyed both fleets New Kharak flagship included. Hour after incident President of Herrumu Republic gave to first republic fleet order to surrender and left entire system for New Kharak monarchy.
Results of battle for Terminal three were catastrophic, from second republic fleet remained nothing, from royal fleet dozen of ships.Casualties in total reached number near ten millions.
Entire place was left as forbidden zone with planet torn into smaller pieces and huge field of debris from ships of both fleets, also collonies on Terminal two and one were forced to ewacuation thanks to
threat probabilty from debris fall.
These acts ended Faction wars and Monarchy started on restoration of all , what was lost during war.