I'm turning more and more to minis for my irl gaming. My gaming club has a huge supply of terrain, buildings and even dungeon parts (those printet-folded-paper-things).
I GM a sci-fi campaign where we use 6mm minis on warhammer tables. The players can't see the table all the time (everyone takes their turn on the table) and the maps are used as reference. Most of my players have military experience so the combat chatter over radio and between players are intense and very in character.