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I've just bought the Red Box. What minature pack should I buy to accompany it given that I hate using card counters?
In my opinion?  You are better off getting specific ones instead of the random packs.  I've never gotten what I wanted from a random pack.  I was going to suggest the board game, but that has card counters.

You don't even really need miniatures anyways.  You can use anything to signify what is where.
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If you really want specific minis, that's not a question we can answer based on your information given.  It really depends on what you want to run. 
Seriously, though, you should check out the PbP Haven. You might also like Real Adventures, IF you're cool.
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I typically use pieces of snack food as miniatures.
I typically use M&M's or Skittles to represent Minions. You kill the minion, you get to eat the Skittle.
Your home town may be different but most of the game shops arround here have singles of D&D minis, and hero clix and 2 or 3 other mini's games for sale on trays in the counters.

Buying random packs and hopeing you get what you might need could end up costing a lot of money and not giving you what you wanted. 

There were some older starter type boxes that showed the minis that you might still be able to find.    
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I've just bought the Red Box. What minature pack should I buy to accompany it given that I hate using card counters?

Go to Troll and Toad or any of the other internet miniatures sites and buy the specific minis you want to go with that adventure. 

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"Challenge" is overrated.  "Immersion" is usually just a more pretentious way of saying "having fun playing D&D."

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No reason to limit yourself to just D&D miniatures.  Plenty of other great models on the market that can fit a D&D story.  We've got a nice collection of painted Reaper minis from over the years and they see regular play.  No two minions look alike!

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I recommend Twilight Creation's "Bag o Zombies."  100  ~25mm scale humanoid figures for cheap.

If you're into the old school lead-painting, Reaper makes some good figures. 



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If you want miniatures, I recommend considering several online sources:

Prepainted (plastic) Minis:
Troll and Toad (mentioned above):

If you are willing to consider metal minis that you paint, MiniatureMarket carries those as well. You may want to add
FRP Games:
ReaperMinis Online Store:

There are many others, of course, but those are some I've had success with.

In general, I favor buying the minis you want rather than buying the random sets. It tends to be cheaper in the end.
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