I love BitD’s setting with its perpetual darkness, fresh take on demons (Leviathans!) and the well-communicated Victorian feel (the Bluecoat on page 249 is my favorite).
That said, I have a bit of a hard time visualizing (or accepting?) armor. Page 88 describes normal armor as “a thick leather tunic plus reinforced gloves and boots” and heavy armor as the “addition of chain mail, metal plates and a metal helmet”.
AFAIK, armor was hardly used in the Victorian age (and before and after that), except maybe for ceremonial purposes or, perhaps, cavalry.
Hence, I have difficulty visualizing security forces, regular troops, various PCs and so forth…
Is armor supposed to be useful against firearms? Or is it melee only?)
How readily available are firearms, anyway? Not in respect to the PCs, mind you, but do bluecoats routinely carry firearms?)
Can anybody help me out with evocative descriptions or, better yet, links to cool (pseudo)Victorian, gothic, steampunk etc. art (e.g. deviantart etc.)?