I've been working on this for awhile, and instead of resolving it to my satisfaction and making a glorious epic painting I came up with this:
It's not bad or anything, but I definitely learned a lot about what to do the next time I compose a group image. Also, I ran out of time for it, which is all too common for me. I had fun with it and like how parts of it turned out, so I have that to smile about. Back to work!