Nice shots! I would suggest you try split grade printing, if you are using VC paper. Do a soft exposure test strip with a 00 or 01 VC filter or max Y on a dichroic head tested for the highlight level that you want. Then a hard exposure test strip, (on a base soft exposure selected in step 1) with 5 VC filter or max M to get the contrast and shadows that you want. Then print the soft and hard exposures on your work print. You may still need to preflash or some local dodging and/or burning.

This will allow you a large range of control on a high contrast neg.