Loving it. The red and gold and the pattern designs does it for me
Are you up for a challenge Sandman? Add wear and tear to the armor (still within the cartoon realm of the original design). I'm thinking more a field knight that puts his stuff to good use hehe. Not too much. I love how solid and inpenetratable that armor looks. I'd wear that to Rugby on Sunday haha.
I know it's not a rigging and posing challenge but may I offer you an anatomy trick? Knees, shoulders and elbows are just pivots. It's the pelvis (hipbones) that drives all motion. The hips and most importantly the Nose knows where the weight is. If you can imagine that, your characters will have strong, balanced poses.