I've considered miniature stand-ins myself, but the Big Bad is rarely on the board. It's the minions that you're usually dealing with (rats and bats and wolves, etc.) until the showdown, which is typically the last turn of the game.I myself aam waiting to see what they do with the Tannhauser revamp, considering the... reviews I see all around here.
I guess you could sub some different zombies in LNOE, but not really needed.
Tannhauser is a miniatures game so they would work for that. Personally I found it a great concept with cool figures, but a boring game. YMMV
Okay, so this game is minion focused? I'll remember that.