Thanks for the cool compliment!
I'm glad I can be of inspiration to you.
I also prefer armor that has a good semi-solid feel to it.
I think it's also not a necessity for everything to be completely made from leather, you could compromise by using some parts made from leather.
When fighting on Mythodea I prefer good fights too instead of playing foam tag. But I don't cover myself in endless layers of armor to do that. (Besides, it tends to be waaaay too hot for that on Conquest)
This paticular piece varies quite a lot in thickness. The leather itself is about 2 to 3 mm thick and varies from being two layers to 3 or 4. But the laces add up to the thickness quite a lot aswell.
This is also why I havn't used this piece on a scenario yet, it doesn't move too well. But I'm thinking about a solution for that.