While limited storage space and inability to wear clothing while wearing power armor are some of the few things that help to balance its enormous defensive power, the way this has been implemented is kind of problematic. To be clear, I am not suggesting adding the ability to wear clothing or volume storage over your armor. However, the inability to do simple things that are easy in other clothing or armors is not so much game balance as an annoyance.
You can’t sling a rifle over your shoulder or scabbard a sword while picking up something bulky or preparing to throw a grenade. (Its silly having to drop your weapon to throw a grenade or pick something up because the hauling frame is full)
You can’t wear a knife on a belt, or a holster for a sidearm.
You can’t wear a bandolier, chest rig, or grenade pouches for quick access to ammo or explosives.
To address this, I propose to keep the limitation on wearing additional clothing or items, but make the power armor itself a combination of the minor storage wearables. To keep it balanced, Power Armor would have less capacity compared to what you can achieve with the normal wearable versions, and each variety of power armor would have a quantity of storage slots inversely proportional to their comparative armor rating. Light power armor would have 1.5x as many slots for magazines, grenades, etc as Basic Power Armor, while Heavy Power Armor would have half as many.
For example, on Basic Power Armor:
- Add storage slots for 3 magazines.
- Add storage slots for 2 hand grenades or other small explosives.
- Add 1L (4 units) liquid storage to Helmet.
- Add a waist storage slot for EITHER a knife or sidearm (you may fit one, but not both)
- Add a back storage slot for a single large weapon.
Alternatively, instead of making power armor have storage, you could create mods for items themselves to allow them to be attached. Some possibilities would be using duct tape or magnetic clamps.
Need quick access to ammo magazines or grenades? Duct tape a few magazines to your chest plate or arms.
You could glue a few strong magnets to an item to make it cling to your armor. This would be suitable for storing magazines, grenades, canteens, knives, small firearms, etc, but not for large or heavy items like rifles or swords.