We could really do with a set of Tutorials on Photography for Miniatures.
Anyone willing to undertake the work will be repped heavily by myself.
I can only offer you some basic tips Loran.
for anything but a large group shot this setting is a must, it normally is depicted with a tulip icon (flower power man!).
Tripod and Timer,
when photographing such small objects the smallest amount of movement is exaggerated massively, it also helps to avoid casting a shadow on the mini.
If you don't want to spend the cash on a tripod to begin with, you can place your camera on some books and just use the timer.
The light quality is important, some people prefer natural light, but be aware of the time of day you find best and try and stick to it for consistency.
You can use artificial light, building a simple light box is a good idea but a lamp with a daylight bulb is enough on its own for a start.
Once again its worth taking note of a couple of things once you have found what works for you. Always have the lamp in the same position ( for painting highlights and taking pictures I always 'have the light from front right'
just because it rhymes and is easier to remember).
Distance of the lamp from the models is also worth keeping consistent, so I measure this and write it down
Hope those help.