I dunno if any of you have seen this or not, but a friend of mine introduced me to this site and it's been a blast coming up with some really cool ideas for ship designs with absolute ease:
All you have to do is type in a word or string of words into the field and their 3D generator employs a custom algorithm that spits out a low-poly/res design that's unique to that word (or letters or numbers- anything you type in, really). Some of the results are a little weird or useless, but MANY of them are pretty eye-catching. If you find a design that you like, you can download a VRML (*.wrl format) copy of the model, import it into your 3D proggie and use it as a base for embellishment or reference. Here's a few pics of some design ideas of my own that I might tinker around with in the coming days, just so that you get an idea of what it does (all ships shown are named after the word I used to create the design):
For those of us who get stumped on ideas or are just looking for some inspiration, this could be an invaluable tool!