In our group, we face a quandry. We really like to use minis, but we prefer older rulesets (1E and LL). In many cases, DDMs don't provide an aesthetic that matches the look of traditional D&D. For us, the aesthetic of minis is just as important as the aesthetic of a module.
Back in the day, I painted more than a few Citadel miniatures (which I still think are the best sculpts around). I know that painting minis can be quite rewarding. We just don't have the time.
So we must sift through the DDMs for acceptable options - but we pick and choose.
When it comes to miniatures for hirelings there aren't a ton of options. I'm sure, if you use DDMs that you already have these scoped out.
I'm curious, if you use minis (metal or plastic), what do you use?