So per our conversation earlier in the zoom, is this what yall meant by blocking it out?
Nice start !
Both can work, keep it simple to follow the general silhouette/form first and like other suggest in separate mesh, once you have that down you can put in more details. Making copy/backup of the basemesh is a good idea too, so that you can go back to it if you mess up in latter steps.
Very nice! In parts will be easier most likely also how it actually is in real life
yes , much better, more control , looking good