I just had to do this suggestion. I often wondered myself, to what faction or gender this portrait belongs to.
Doomb0t already responded once to such question. Interesting idea, he said. Well, I improved this idea now.
I suggest some minor improvements for already existing portrait system.
sort portraits according to their numbers, like 001, 002, 003, or 1, 2, 3 from top-left to bottom-right numerical order, so that you can find them easy and fast
outline each portrait with a special faction’s color, which will not be shown in the pilot’s profile, but only in the portrait selection menu
(orange or yellow - Empire, blue or cyan - Federation, red - Jericho)
- add a gender icon for both male and female, which will not be shown in the pilot’s profile, but only in the portrait selection menu (if some portrait can be used for both genders)
Gender icon example:
Examples of regular available portraits: (special portraits excluded)