Erm... sorry - I haven't played too many user-made missions yet; actually only a part of the Inferno campaign and something else that is so old I can't really remember it.
So - from what mod is that "lost souls incident"?
And well, ... Other than that, I think I know the ships that are called "Nightmares" around here (I've been on a lookout for ship downloads a long time, though not during the last years), and though they seem nice, I currently don't know where to fit them into my storyline.
Actually I already do have my own (well, somewhat) concepts in mind for my new species - the problem is that I'll need to model them first, and I currently don't have too many time & nerves left besides RL(tm) .
As for this "somewhat"... :
There are also some Volition-sketches that I'd like to implement, specifically those which are listed here
as "GVF Sentait", "GTC Caucasus" and the "Vasudan Super Carrier" .
I just don't really like the way the first two are assigned and done there - especially the concept that is called "GVF Sentait" there, is, in my opinion, fitting to neither Terran, Vasudan nor Shivan design lines (basicly, it resembles a cross-over from a hawk and a squid...) . Which is why I'd want to use it for one of my additional species.
Do you eventually know where I could find pics of the other two versions of the "Sentait" that are mentioned there? It'd save me some time if I only had to retexture it, but Venom's version that is shown there is too stretched for my liking...
I recently finally got an idea for a carrier that might fit to it design-wise, but given the unique design of the "Sentait", it's somewhat hard to think of more ships that share this style.
My second new species should get a completely new style, at least for it's fighters (roughly after a hammerhead shark).
About the capships I'm not yet sure, but initially I had intended something resembling the Son'a ships from Star Trek 9 - I quite like these designs
I also had thought of a single model for a third species, which would roughly cross avian features with the features of a swimming bear... now DON'T you laugh, it's only a crude description!
Though seeing said bear in some documentary actually was the initial inspiration for the design, I admit
And the Dragon2 from my littleSomthing-thread would actually be for a supplementary 4th species, with others possibly following sometime.
As for the "Caucasus", the model there does look good, it's just that I'd like to use it for a Shivan fighter...
But still, do you have any clues who made the model that's pictured there?
I think I remember seeing a development thread for a model of this Vasudan Super Carrier over on HLP at some point of time, but I didn't bookmark it and don't really know how it turned out in the end...
Oh well, sorry for that long answer, I didn't really intend for it to become that long.