I had a thought today that it would be fun to customize our ships in more interesting ways. You give us tons of options for paint jobs, decent choices for shapes, but this would be a cool addition. We could choose how extreme we want to make it (mild, medium, heavy).
Permanent Battle Damage:
Torpedo Hull Breaches
heat damage (forward sections scorched from skimming to close to a star or planet's atmoshpere)
Ramming damage (ala Picard from Nemesis)
Blown out Nacelle
Other fun ideas
Borg Assimilation (Borg Technology randomly placed on the hull with green glowing from the nacelles and deflector)
Giant Space Creature trying to feed or mate with the ship (remember the TNG episode?)
Parallel Universe Terran Empire War paint?
Just thought it would be fun, and not too hard to add. Maybe your next C-store thing to sell us.
the battle damage would be good heres a little extra damage stays on till u get to a star base to get repaired and cost some energy credits and some time depending on how many ships are in space dock. also the damage u get on the two other difficulty levels should be put on the easy level aswell>
since the devs are considering implementing ship docking in ESD, maybe when ships are damaged, when they repair without visiting a starbase, they get hull damage patching look. once they visit a base, they can get full restoration.