No part of this sentence is true. Don't mistake elegance for simplicity - just because something doesn't have greebles in a classical sense doesn't mean it's not complicated. Basestar's fly-in organic shaped crevices and details more then make up for it... hell, it's over 73000 polygons, they had to have gone somewhere
In fact, I'll go so far as to say that after modeling several colonial vessels, a battlestar included, the basestar is the most complicated mesh to build of the lot.
Oh I dont doubt that it is a hard model to build. It looks very organic after all and to me it seems organic shapes are harder to model. Granted I shouldnt be really talking since I couldnt even model a Mark 2, I guess I'm talking from an observers point of view. To me the Basestars on the show never showed detailed, but as I said, it's probably because of the simple design.
I'm sure if you get real close you can see details on the edges of the surfaces (like where the missile launchers are etc), as well as where the Raider "crevices" (thanx for the word
It is certainly a very graceful and elegant ship