Your usually looking at a few hundred models and collections sitting on a shelf for months as you build up the assets to get things going- add to that the guys at Hampton dont mess around with this.... yet. So Saga is a logical choice as a starting point. You need only a few models -25-50 for a involving skirmish game- that will see models being used pretty much as soon as ive got my 1st warband together and then I can slowly build the rest of the collection.
So I have got myself 3 warbands- Jomsvikings, Vikings and some Anglo Danes- then next step is get some Anglo Saxons as opposing forces etc-though im tempted to focus on viking conflict in their homelands.
Comparative to other models these one by gripping beast I like- they aren't forgeworld sculpts nor are they AB but I like them and its testing and challenging my ability paint fabrics which is something i still need to develop as a skill.
Also there is the Hail Caeser book - so this will be an army over time- im currently working on a movement try solution and will have more when that arrives.