My SAGA plan is to build two 4 point war bands to start, so I can test the rules. To make it simple for myself, I just went ahead with two Gripping Beast 4pt starter sets. My post from a couple of days was the Levy from the Skraelings starter set.
Simply put SAGA is a points based game, with most games being 6 points aside. To get new gamers off the ground though, it is recommended that they start with 4 point war bands. Gripping Beast sell these nice starting sets with a Warlord, and any combination of a 4 figure Hearthguard, 8 figure Warrior and 12 figure Levy. The Warlords are free. These are all metal figures and are quite nice and usually quite varied (the Skraeling Levy being a bit of an exception as you have seen in my last post). Generally the Levy are armed with bows, spears or slings, i.e. throwing weapons. The Hearthguard and Warriors are, in most cases, armed for hand to hand combat.
The Viking starter set is a little unusual in that there is no Levy. There are 2 units of Hearthguard and 2 units of warriors. There was a choice though with the warriors to arm one unit with throwing weapons, so the first unit I have done are armed with throwing spears. These were very nice and the figures were quite varied. There was minimal flash and they were generally easy to paint. I went with the usual process of white undercoat, block painting, AP dark tone, followed by some highlights and then some matt varnish.SAGA forum, the lower Viking orders wore generally dullish colours, i.e. browns, dark reds and greens. Their undershirts were generally uncoloured linen, so that is with what I went.
I hoping to start to characterize the figures when I paint the Warlords.