I've always liked the idea of paper miniatures, but I'm not a big fan of them in practice. Two things keep me from using them regularly:
- Durability - Yes, you can argue that if they break or tear, you can print more pretty cheaply... but the cost of color ink adds up, and I would rather just purchase something that doesn't break easily to begin with. Pathfinder's pawn series is the only product I've purchased to date that is durable enough for me to invest, and even they fail in the next category.
- Pic-Friendliness - I try to post pictures from games whenever I can, and paper miniatures just don't look good without taking the time to turn them all toward the camera.
Decks Miniatures is running a kickstarter right now that might be able to bridge the gap between "real" miniatures and paper miniatures. These are plastic, which should make them much more durable than paper, and they appear 3D enough that they might look decent in pictures without a fuss.
I'm not sure yet if I'll pull the trigger on investing in this product, but I'm intrigued enough to share. I think it's at least worth a look. Check it out here.