Like cleverwise said you need at least as many warships as there are orbitals on the planet. But i think you had, otherwise you would have started losing TTs.jlberner13 wrote: Then for whatever reason I hit a wall...and started losing all of my warbirds to the orbitals.
Your Warbirds must have been taking damage from conquests; they do if they don't have enough shields; check their hull after each assault and see how much they lose for an assault; if there's not much remaining, rest them for a few turns to regenerate some.
I know that was an issue in vanilla with the romulans and klingons; not enough shield for a CC to absorb all the firepower from an orbital.
In the mod i play CCs have enough shield to not get any hull damage in the assault; i did the change because like you said it was no fun having to wait for the hull to regenerate or keep building ships.