this damn thing is finally starting to come together.
The armored straps and the leather cinches are as yet not top-coated, as I have a few adjustments yet to make before I'm satisfied.
Once that is done, I'll blacken the plates and dye the leather brown. I don't think I'll tool it - getting tired of this project.
The cinches will secure on the front to the large breastplate through buckles I'll attach with leather fobs.
edit to add: by the way, this is an example of creative recycling, rather than new fabrication from scratch. the laced-plate lamellar elements that bridge the yoke armor in the back are elements of the first version of the yoke armor. the green yoke plates were initially made as part of the stack of pauldron plates, but were shelved as unnecessary.
I will be removing the top two rows of scales to accommodate the yoke assembly, and will reapply two or three scales above the top edge of the back of the yoke.
I will further add that there is a great temptation to remove all of the scales, drill additional holes in each, and re-do the armor as laced-plate lamellar rather than scale-on-backing.
I will resist this temptation.
I swear. honest!
however, I can now honestly state that this armor functionally incorporates all three types of "primitive" plate armor, and even has the beginnings of true plate on the front.