We started playing SAGA and after few initial battles using lord of the rings miniatures I could not resist buying the gripping beast plastics. I prefer them quite a lot compared to the lead ones and I split two boxes with another fellow.
I have chosen vikings as initial force. I think they are an easy start and anyway the figures can be used for many other armies.
I like these figures very much... they are easy to paint and with lots of bits in the box it is possible to assemble lots of variations in the figures.
Here is my warlord that looks very viking and powerful