Yeah I bought a few when I got back into DMing, but I don't think I really need them. Eighteen years ago I bought a bunch of lead mini's and painted a few of them, but we never used them in our games. We didn't even use the counters that came in the revised edition MERP rules. All the action took place in our heads. We did play allot of Axis and Allis, and other board games, so we were familiar with counters, they just never showed up in our games. Now we also never played around a table, but in each others bedrooms, basements and living-rooms sprawled out in a chaotic mess. I do remember drawing few tactical maps for a Twilight 2000 game a ran for a while, probably spurred on by the cool maps that came in the second edition box, but there were no mini's or counters representing players or bad guys.
Yeah when we get back to our C&C game tomorrow afternoon I'm bringing my mini's mostly because I'm to busy trying to run the encounters (or Lazy) to try and remember where everyone is. My problem with mini's is they turn a chaotic melee encounter into a tactical exercise. Oh well it is what it is, I'll ponder ways to put the chaos back into combat at the table, for now I'm fine with it.