In some ways I wanted to distance myself from Blood and Chrome. I also wanted names that reflected the nature of my mod and it's core concept of fallen empires.
Yeah I got the theme, I just didn't know what Kobol was until I Googled it just now.
Blood, and Chrome may not be that great of a show, but it has a ton of canon material you can use. Like the Orion class battlestar, and the Hybrid Cylon basestar that is a mix of the old and the Guardian base ship. Like with SoA 2 i use what is canon (and makes sense) first before resorting to fan art.
Yeah, but it also pays to be careful using things that aren't the best in the show. As a Star Wars modder for example, we could use a lot of the material from Empire at War, yet IMO the stuff that game adds contradicts the universe so much it should never have been considered canon. Clearly it was made so that the player gets to do as much awesome stuff as possible, which is fine, but it making it canon you just legitimized too many crazy events. In the expansion in particular a character created in that game basically out smarts and beats every single character in the main time era. Why the hell is the galaxy terrified of the Emperor and Jabba the hut when this guy just comes along and plays them like nothing?
Anyways, I digress. Point was in that case if I used ships only from sources like video games that aren't really great and not included anywhere else in the universe, I'd try to give them minor roles like scout and siege frigate that don't really exist in Star Wars anyways, while the ships from the Movies, books and good games got the major combat roles.