kungfoowiz: I think that a lot of the stiffness can be attributed to the lack of flexibility in that armor. thanks
zelda_geek: Naa never too harsh, I wish there were more comments like this I think if there's any reasoning for the lack of contrast, it's because I painted it very overcast so I didn't think there was much to reflect. Definitely get what you mean though, I was struggling with the light source in the picture to start with too. Thanks for the comments!
A couple more armor studies. These were.. not really faster, but easier?
quickie self portrait different method, but I look a lot older: