Now that I have completed a large portion of the assembly and prep on these two figures I have spent some time staging the two figures. The base has a distinctive shape that works well to encompass the two figures, their long spear shafts and the battlefield debris that will be directly in front of them. The shape should also draw the viewer towards the action. My desire is to keep the two figures as close and compact as possible. This photo shows the figures without the shields attached so they seem further apart than they actually are. Additionally the front figure will most likely be holding two smaller throwing javelins in his shield hand.
My vision should become clearer as the groundwork is sculpted. There will be a slight downward slope from the viewers left to right, with a broken shield, weapons and spent arrows on the ground.
As to the figures, the spear shafts included in the kits have been replaced with brass rod for strength. The spear points will be glued back on after priming. Swords and shields will be painted separately and attached in progress. The shields will be quite colorful and distinctive.