Originally Posted by Pants
He's maxed out in terms of best-in-slot gear, and the necessary perks for the build (heavy armor, dual-wielder, enchanter/blacksmith). I guess I could go back and train up his magic and sneaking skills and maybe medium armor and bow skills, but I just don't see the point. The dude can pretty much 1 shot anything in the game. I guess I could increase the difficulty, but it wouldn't make anything any more interesting because I can't progress any further anyway, it would just make exploring more challenging.
Yeah going heavy on enchanting/smithing can really unbalance the game. I won't ever have the best leveled gear because I only use stuff that fits my build from RP perspective. I use light armor vs. heavy for starters and since i am a Stormcloak sympathizer, my character refuses to use anything Elven or Glass. I started with Stormcloak armor up to becoming Thane of Whiterun. I then wore the Whiterun set, imagining myself as a personal emissary of Jarl Balgruuf as I scoured the countryside killing bandits and necromancers.
I'm now doing side quests around Helgen and Falkreath, wearing full Falkreath guard armor. And as I mentioned before, my character doesn't like magic or magic users, so not only I am not enchanting stuff, I am not using anything that I find that is enchanted either. I use an amulet of Stendarr but that's because he considers it divine blessing rather than "magic".