I'm trying to play the game without relying on power armour and from my playthrough i'm finding that i'm limited in how high i can get my armour rating.
The armourer perk i believe only unlocks extra mods to further increase an armour's resistance rating but only up to a point. I've yet to come across a piece of armour that requires armourer rank 3 or 4.
Putting aside the armourer perk and the toughness perk that granks +10, 20, 30, etc extra damage resistance per rank, are there any other ways to increase damage resistance enough so that it's viable without power armour?
P.S I'm not saying that default armour sucks, but currently the highest armour rating i've managed to reach is 100 without power armour and 2 levels of the toughness perk. Compared that to the 1280 i get in power armour, the game is practically telling me, if i want to be able to use a melee build i should use power armour.
This leads me to believe the max relatively achievable damage resistance obtainable is around 150.