UVing isn't so much a pain, but rather tedious, how to see what works and what doesn't. The Grid really helps with finding out which spots need to be refined, fixed or redone, as for the UVing process it's not too bad. As stated finding which method to unfold this with can be a little tedious but overall I've got a good result.
So After a lot of consideration, I decided to go back and remodel my head for the JPJ tutorials. The main reason I did this was so I can get a better idea of the process of modeling, something which I personally felt lacking in. I can now say whilst I still have a lot to learn, redoing this has been a really nice challenge.
As you can see, there is a huge difference in the qualities of the model, both at first glance and under the hood. In general, the geo has been massively improved, history issues have been fixed and the whole thing is just generally a lot nicer to look at.
So yes I did start this from scratch going back to the original tutorials and I now need to fix the body and hopefully, I shouldn't have too much work to do.