Originally Posted by redrob41
I think the problem is that you've picked a repeating, tiled, rectangular pattern and placed it on non-rectangular shapes. It doesn't look like a metal smith held a piece of metal in his hands and created unique details on it, specifically matching the curves. The pattern lines shouldn't get "cut off" when they meet an edge (the red lines on the top fin are a perfect example), because a viewer can imagine the line continuing (essentially filling in the blanks) past the edges.
Yes, this is very true. I wasn't quite keen on what I felt about the helmet shapes patterns, but this detail would indeed make all the difference.