Having good materials makes all the difference and the best materials have textures associated with them, so you can do with more than solid colors. I grabbed a texture that looked interesting. I'm using a rusted metal texture from
OpenGameArt.org that came from the Rusted Metal Texture Pack created by p0ss (
metall005-new-tileable.png in the downloadable content). It's easy to find free textures online—you'll find several good sites for textures in Appendix B, Additional Resources. Switch to the Design desktop and make sure that our scene is loaded, so that we are looking at the ship in the Scene Viewer window.
First, we need to import the texture, so go to the Data Explorer window and click on Import | Texture. Select the ...