... Yep we did it. After our fist C&C game where we used dice to mark PC and foe positions on a battle mat I spent the next two weeks acquiring some minis. Before I left for Vegas I won an eBay auction for 100 minis, and while in Vegas I hit a couple of FLGS's and picked up a some of over priced WotC minis. It reminded me of buying hockey cards as a kid who knew what I would get in the mystery box, I think they were Lords of Madness, or something like that, one box had a Roc the other a Trebuchet.
with thanks to Christian for the picture cause I'm to lazy to go make one of my own, kind of sad for a photographer.
What the hell am I going to do with a f'ing Roc and a Trebuchet? It's like hoping to get an Oiler, and getting stuck with a Flame Grrr! Nobody wanted to trade for a Flame. Not going to do that again.
I did pick up one Monster Manual pack that I could see had a bad ass Minotaur because B2 has one ... and Minotaurs are cool.
How did minis go in the game? It went well the group is green so there wasn't a whole lot of tactical meta-gaming BS. The one player who has some experience gave the group some suggestions, which they needed. As I suspected the mat was much more easy to understand (am I the green d6, or the red d8?) and the players took to movement in the combat environment and could make firm decisions.