This is purely cosmetic. I believe we have a good enough look to start comparing the relevance of the ship designs. We know the form of the ships, and we can see detail. My complaint is with the mesh of the ship, not the textures. As always the texture people are spot on and really making the ship look good.
First impressions from my girlfriend and I (she is a graphic designer):
TEC athena - cool, unique, fits well with TEC, very utilitarian. Looks like it can take a hit.
TEC big gun - utilitarian, fits with TEC fleet well, looks capable.
Vasari spider looking ship - AWESOME SAUCE MUCH? If anyone needed an antagonist race the vasari are IT. Best looking new titan, imo. Its a spider, so it preys upon everyone's natural inborn fear of arachnid shapes, well executed.
Don't really know about the other vasari titan - is that a battleship? either way all the new vasari concept art looks great so no worries we will have cool ships there.
Advent titan - ugh, what is going on here? is that a floating vagina in space? Doesn't fit with the advent fleet at all, no strong impressions that this is particularly advent in nature, looks like a part of a bigger ship, leaves someone with the impression of being unsatisfied.
possible other advent titan - Gundam wing + bug = what are the developers thinking? This doesn't belong in a space game like sins.
Compared to the other ships, the advent ships are just plain poorly designed.
Also, for you of the "mod your own titan crowd", where is the mass appeal of the advent ships? The other races have mass appeal. Developers should be designing for mass appeal to maintain the trust that their buyers have in them. Poorly designed ships really break down this trust and make it hard to take the development team seriously.
"this made it past QA?" , "the Producers saw this and liked it?"
"marketing OK'd this?" Need I say more on this?
This hurts the whole team, not an individual. Look at that diablo 3 trailer with the new mannaroth/illidan looking prime evil. This guy looks like he was cut and pasted from world of warcraft and makes the entire overly expensive cinematic look like crap. This is a very rich company failing at designing a "lure to buy" for one of their main product lines. Stardock and Ironclad are also fallible, and I will call a spade a spade if I see one.
Here is a tip on redesigning the new advent titan:
Use the existing model, get rid of the halo and "head", add 3 more of the ship together and make a hollow elongated sphere inside the pieces lining them up in a cross fashion(when viewed from the front). This alone would be a cooler design while still being unique.
Heck, even a Mon calamari cruiser style ship with plenty of curves would be far more interesting. Note the word use of "style". I'm talking about inspirational direction, not copy + paste for all you art illiterate people out there.