I have plenty armor ideas for Skyrim, all lore friendly, based on what I know about the cultures of Tamriel - for example, orcish armor should look much more technically advanced, since they're best blacksmiths in the Empire. I'm actually working on a concept right now.
Unfortunately, I'm still uncapable of making proper 3D models, not to mention implementing them into the game. I'm learning though, mabe one day I'll be able to model, or maybe I'll find someone who can do that for me Right now I'm making something like lore-friendly armor concepts modder's resource, so that people can maybe find inspiration there.
Yeah, I was thinking about making it kind of most elite iron armor, and replace the regular iron armor with simple chainmail. This way there would be a feeling of getting stronger by upgrading your armor (Steel concepts to come!)