[6 x 9" - blue pencil, brush & technical pen, COPIC marker on 300lb bristol board]
This armor is probably intended to be ceremonial. Can you imagine charging out into the battle field with this cumbersome number on? Maybe it's made of really very light mystical metals that wouldn't be too heavy to bear while tackling/slashing/maiming his opponents? Maybe.
Normally, I try to create a story with each and every image I draw so that I can somehow justify certain design choices. And on occasion I purposefully go for flair. Ridiculous amounts of flair. It's fun and allows me to practice designing outside of the practical.
Lame excuses, folks - that's all I have.