I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out. It's pretty simple and smaller than I was hoping for, but it feels pretty nice.
I managed to do a little bit of the Studs Not On Top (SNOT) style. My first attempts were just not working for me. I had things a bit less rounded with the upper layers spanning just as wide as the lower layers. I think I might have been able to make that work if I had a lot more pieces. I just wasn't getting enough variation between layers to make it look good. Moving to more of a rounded curve on the bottom with a much smaller second layer started to make it come together.
The SNOT continues on the back. I liked the way the layers of corner plates turned out.
I was also happy with the way the layers on the side look. I was originally trying to make a 'cut from the Earth' piece that would be flat on two or three sides, but having the model built on all sides makes me happy. Build instructions are HERE.
I had plenty of pieces left over. I wanted to build more, but everything I tried to add to it made me like the model less. Perhaps I'll build something else with the rest later.