Just thought I might point at this, and propose debate on it:
This is a proposed system for allowing people to make some ‘re-skins’ of existing ships. I’m thinking of ways to make modding more accessible, and if people think ships like this look cool:
Then it’s pretty easy to release photoshop fiels to let people make them. It’s just a single layer in 3 photoshop files per ship.
Anyway, the downside is, this would mean you need new variants of existing ships, as totally new textures. I’ts not a run-time compositing system, which is how I’d maybe do it now if I started from scratch (performance-depending…).
Anyway, are people interested in this?