*cough* Little Simpsons humor there. Sorry. I'm getting counseling for that.
Anyway, I finally came up with my not-Kzin faction, which I'm tentatively calling the "Kzouti". You know, Kzin, Kzout... I thought it was terribly clever, but I'm rather simple that way.
I love the ship designs in Star Fleet Command (SFC), the excellent line of PC games from the sadly-defunct studio Taldren and the still-going-strong studio Interplay. So, I've decided to keep the chunky design philsophy of the original ships and make it a little sexier (although, if you're imagining having sex with an alien starship, Dr. McCoy will be waiting for you in Sick Bay with a sedative and some instructional videos). Looking around for inspiration, I found the following excellent site:
(By the way, the Federation ships on that site are what I wish JJ Abrams had used for his rebooted Star Trek).
I really liked the more streamlined and aggressive look of these ships, so I decided mine would follow a similar design philosophy; I rather like how they turned out. This entire fleet took me less than four hours to design, as opposed to the days it took me to make each of the original Coalition starships. I think I'm getting better at this Sketchup thing.