The Gripping Beast & Footsore Irish figures mix very well. I recommend both for anyone painting Norse-Gaels. I painted up a warlord with Dane Axe and one without. A priest is very handy with this warband too. Hearthguard with Dane Axe and without. When running 20-30 warriors with Dane Axe, I tend to take my hearthguard without axes. I tend to leave my levy javelinmen at home. Maybe the new warlord will give them a workout? Warriors without Dane Axes are javelin-armed and have a lower armor class to shooting. Shooty warbands go after these lads first so be prepared. I do love the Footsore scuplt with the head! Warriors with Dane Axe. I like to max out on these. Buffed with abilities like Howling Axes and Slaughter, these fellows are deadly in 5 and 6 man units!
I took these Norse Gaels to my first SAGA Grand Melee and they performed very well. Painting and playing them was a blast but now they're off to serve a new warlord. Cheers, boys!