I have been using shields on a few characters, and though I usually move away from them, I still think they have a place and are cool enough to use in certain builds. I just prefer not to on anything other than grail knight so far.
Now I noticed spear & shield for kerillian, so I was gonna try this for the handmaiden. After completing the needed quests and crafting it I played a few missions and I have just one big issue with it. It seems to have a much larger visibility issue (specially when blocking) compared to other shields. Maybe it’s simply in my mind, but compared to GK his sword and shield, this spear and shield really takes up a huge part of the screen.
The grail knight keeps his shield lower, that way if you look down a little bit you can still see the whole screen and know how to act accordingly. spear and shield is much higher up, and even though it is more to the left so it leaves a larger gap on the right, this would have you spin from left to right to actually see what is happening and make it a huge liability.
When pushing I would love to see what the results of the push are so I can safely follow up with attacks. Now I have to first look around to make sure it is safe and the angle didnt miss a unit, wasting valuable time in which rats can recover from the bash. It is a very annoying thing, making the spear and shield a lot less useful while it fits pretty well with some of handmaiden her talents and perks.
Just my 2 cents.