the design is better then many.. not got gobs of crap poking thru hull. with modern electronics ect. bridges dont need to be external and the deeper the better.. the ship shows good thought. but with one flaw. the belly has no gun system or defence , rear back lower or seems to .. but over all love the design.
I totally agree on that regard, this is mainly something the person for whom I am making this, wants. I do believe this will be mostly a bridge for docking and peactime configuration. Main operations or the CIC will be, like you mentioned, in the center of the ship where it has the best protection.
I don't fully understand how to make ships like you and the rest of the CoM members do. And I like the style, and it's a good step-forward to mapping out how I want ships to look before I go and make a 3d model.
No problem and indeed best to try yourself It also gives you more ways to learn it. As advice take a look at what is established. I would suggest taking a look at Galen82 or Madeinjapan's material as well as mine (check the favourites I have in the Chronicles of Man map) for inspiration. Make a sketch or a doodle and when you feel like it works use photoshop or illustrator If you want I could take a look at the sketch and help you out