The armoured model should appear whenever you engage it. That sounds like a bug to me; I would find someone else with the armour and see if you can see theirs engage a second time and if they can see it engage and see if they can see yours engaging a second time.
This is not really the appropriate thread for that, though; this is to report model errors. Your issue is a game play bug.
I tried that.. A friend wanted a screen-shot and they never could see the armor.. I try and find the correct thread..
I bugged it in game but haven't heard anything..
Ok, so I know it's a minor thing, and apparently I'm the only person with a passion for these, but I want my Assault Cruiser strobes. I finally got a chance to do the Pelia Sector Missions. First - Wowzers! The new dark space is OUTSTANDING!!! Second, the new dark space only further pointed out that I need strobes! These would look Beautiful and Awesome... It'd be BE-AWESOME!!! ...out there in Pelia.
And since it appears that taking screen shots might help, I flew around Pelia until I could find a couple ships together that had the strobes... So here ya go:
Here's me and my unwitting models... I'm the one in the circle at the bottom. ("Hi Mom!" ) http://imgur.com/0tMlo.jpg
Yes, I'm fearfully close to the sun, but I made it out ok, so there's nothing to worry about. No blinkies on anyone...
Here's a shot of the strobes as they blink on the closest ship, you can see them (circled) on the aft section of the Nacelles, and one on the nacelle, just in front of the bridge: http://imgur.com/f6mui.jpg
It was tricky timing the "camera" with the strobes, I had many failed shots (they don't last long, and there's a delay on the "shutter", heh), but I managed. I hope it was worth it.
The strobes fire in alternates, first the three (back of nacelles, middle of saucer, as above), then a set on the sides of the saucers fire... This shot I got them firing on the front and the ship near me in the background: http://imgur.com/iH627.jpg (This shot is my favorite.)
P.S. There are also red-green "nav lights" that slowly blink on the sides of the saucers... These are great, and I already have them. I took a shot just so you could see what I am not requesting: http://imgur.com/Pzo5W.jpg
The BoPs did have hatches on the bow, perhaps the docked BoPs were variants small enough to fit the necessary hatch within the docking ring.
In regards to the shuttle bays, Klingons in the series and films never used or referenced their own shuttles or shuttle bays so far as I can remember. Perhaps they prefer the surprise of beaming in and prefer using scout class BoPs for intra-atmospheric excursions. (Like ST:IV)
He also lists the forward pike as the main disruptor.
Then again, he shows a torpedo launcher where (on the model) it looks like a Venetian blind structure. :p
But then on the prime universe model, the torpedo launchers are in the weapon nacelles.
In the TNG episode "Gambit" the Enterprise intercepts, and takes onboard a Klingon shuttle. It is specificaly referred too as a "Klingon shuttle" and is flown by a Klingon.
If there are Klingon shuttles, then there are Klingon shuttlebays. You won't get one without the other. The Vor'Cha seems to comfirm this as well. Take a look at the model shots here: http://i.imgur.com/XzJ2H.jpg
Those yellow areas on the front are usualy referred too by fans as the deflector dish, but if actually look at their shape and the shape of the housing aroumd them I would argue that they are in actual fact shuttlebays. They look identical to the shuttlebays on the Galaxy class, just painted yellow (or in some cases red).
Then there are the "impulse intakes" on the wings, which many fans have argued are really shuttlebays on the Vor'Cha as well, and if you look at the Negh'Var model the texture of those "in takes" also matches that of the Galaxy class shuttlebays, again giving the argument.
There is also another factor here: shuttlebays don't just hold shuttles, and surely if the Romulans carry fighters aboard their ships then chances are the Klingons do as well - so it makes absolute sense for something the size of a Vor'Cha, and especialy that of the Negh'Var, to hold bays.
The Negh'Var was built to be a fleet packaged into one ship - it seems a no brainer it would have some kind of shuttlebay, the question is, where are they?
As for the original sketch of the Negh'Var, you have to remember that that is the "Klingon Battlecruiser" from the alternate timeline and NOT actually the Negh'Var so although its interesting to see Sternbach's original intent on certain things, like the foreward torp launcher that never made the initial model, you can take it with a large pinch of salt for the Negh'Var itself.
Also remember that what Sternbach referrs to as a disruptor cannon was largely removed and replaced with a different object for the Negh'Var model, so there is every chance it has a different function on a Negh'Var and looking it objectively a docking ring DOES make sense.
One of these days I am actually going to sit down and draw up some deck plans for Klingon ships. Someone's got to do it, right?