This is the first I've seen of the thread, or I'd've replied sooner. Gotta say, I don't like the "natural" materials for armor. Seems to me it becomes more a costume and less a variation of durasteel/beskar/etc. On the other hand, I have to admit that you're definitely doing something different here, and I know you really focus on metal--every time someone asks about material for armor, you suggest metal. You said earlier that you had no intention of this being a medieval or renaissance mando, but when you pull some materials in, like chainmail, for instance, you have to deal with the connections people form in their heads. Like if you incorporated samurai armor, for instance.
Then I see the pictures you loaded yesterday. Forget everything I said above. I can't argue with your weathering ability or your eye for color or your ability to completely alter a material when you make it part of a look. Those last two pictures of the male leather plates--just fantastic. And you know what's funny? I'm not sure which one I like more, even if the light in the garage was wonky. So my next question is method--how did you achieve that effect? Paint and weathering, I assume, but I'd like to know details, if you're willing to share them.
You seem to bang out these relatively quickly, so I'm looking forward to a more complete picture. I hope that the same level of weathering continues on the rest--flight suit, etc. Nothing looks more out of whack than a masterfully weathered set of plates on a brand-spanking-new flak vest.
Impressed me again.