I think you should make the ribs raised for that little touch of detail... as for the resistors, cool, I got tons of little parts like that, I got a broken memorycard adaptor, the chip from a blood glucometer, abroken chinese ipod etc.
Gotta love 'found' parts, heck I even used a retaining clip from a kids toy (retainer to hold toy into box) on my left cheekbone, look close at my avatar.
I don't know about John's Death Mando, but on mine, the one this bucket is for, the ribs were going to be raised, as well as building up the spine on the abdomen plate and back plate. The thighs, forearms, and shins were also going to have raised sections for bone.
These were my concept sketches, my orginal, and then some refinment ideas to be even more skeletal:
Dude, that is sweet!! Are you gonna make it anytime soon? Got a link so I can subscribe? I really gotta see that one being made, I NEVER thought of that, and I REALLY LIKE the idea of the bones for the shins and gauntlets, and the spine on the back plate, ZOMG that is gonna be so FREAKIN COOL!!
You said the bucket being made is for your armor? Is the OP your brother?