This small capital ship is a forerunner of several cruisers that would be built in the early half of the 24th Century, most notably the Ambassador Heavy Cruiser. The Renaissance Medium Cruiser is smaller than an Excelsior Heavy Cruiser yet is packed with nearly the same amount of firepower. Renaissance Medium Cruisers were intended to serve as escorts to the Excelsior, providing much needed close-in defense fire in battle.
Renaissance Medium Cruisers were eventually deemed too fragile and were phased out of service by newer cruiser models.
One of the unseen Federation ship classes. I decided to use this rendition of the Renaissance cruiser for the ship as it placed it within the time period where the Federation have the least ship development.