These painted fairly well, at least by my middling standards. The Norse preference for axes and sword permeates popular history and media, but the bow was a prized weapon by even the best warriors. In The Icelandic Njal's Saga, the ever feuding Gunnar, armed with a bow and spear, fights off thirteen enemies, slaying many before they even approach him.
My biggest gripe with this line of figures are the heads. It can take a lot of work to get them to sit naturally. Here's a group shot of a point's worth of Saga thralls. A few wear chain, but maybe they were lucky scavengers.
Njal's Saga may be my favorite Icelandic saga. Set at the turn of the eleventh century, it is a violent and darkly humorous account of the blood feuds among the self-governing Icelandic settlers. There are no epic battles or king-making moments of glory in this account. It does have more premeditated murder and domestic violence than a hard-boiled mystery novel.
Njal's Saga at Amazon.