Thanks everyone for the comments! Pushing on to get the helmet done. Progress is slow, but at least I know have a better idea on what I want.
@Redrob: I'm know experimenting to create a more suitable ornamentation. Following the shape of the crest. Just messing around with the emboss layer fx things in Photoshop.
@supreme kotor: Thanks for the defending the 1.0 version
Though I just aim for a certain 'realisme' on my model/ texture stuff.
And I was a bit doubtfull on how to proceed with the thing, at the time it didn't feel good enough for me. So I asked my fellow modders for a bit of input
Here's how the helmet is layed out in Photoshop: