It took 2 full nights, and if your observant, you will notice why. Its not the knight used in the example, but one from a set online, which I only had a front photo of. I had no luck extruding as far as the nose, so went back to freehand modeling followed by a lot of vertex tweeking to get this model right, Yes, it does contain a few triangles - but those are deliberate, to maintain the look of the original piece.
Thats brilliant, thanks for the link. I’ll be remodeling the chess set at the end, so will definitely use this reference.