Hopefully you have not found my comments presumptuous or rude in any way, that was certainly not my intent.
I have found my figures look different in person compared to photographed so I suspect that is why a few of us thought you had not used washes.
Art is incredibly subjective and the key thing is for you to like the figures.
I have a mate that is an incredibly skilled painter, far better than me, but he prefers stronger highlights than I do. His painting is in a technical sense “better” than mine but I like my more subdued painting even if it may not look as good to others.
And I would never have gotten better at painting eyes if I had not had another friend urging me to keep try.
With a black wash on the mail you will get some nice definition on the links. I also find with mail it works really well to paint it black and then dry brush with a dark silver metallic, AP gun metal for example or Citadel Lead Belcher. This more closely matches mail from my re-enactment days. And of course as Mrs. GG has just said to me, if your mail comes out too dark with a wash you can dry brush it to brighten the highlights.
You can always add shield transfers later... I think WGA will be making some given the poll they recently did.