I spent some time with putty to try out different things, and talked to some friends and decided to go with option 2. Here's my centurion squad. I think leaving off the kilt makes them look a bit more mobile, and the directly attached weapons make it look more like a suit since the arms of the armour really had no function. I think these look more anatomical which makes them more pleasing to the eye as well. It is almost like the kit was made to be assembled this way and 1/8" magnets fit right into the weapon ports pretty easily. I also wanted to have a distinct way to tell the sergeant apart (other than those silly standards or helmet crests) and put the largest brass etch detailing on him (middle guy). I may add a few more purity seals if the mood strikes me.