Company: Secret Weapon Miniatures
Product: Sack O’ Corpses
Secret Weapon Miniatures sent along a free sample of their Sack O’ Corpses for me to look over and give my thoughts on.
The product arrived with the display cubes I reviewed earlier, which can be found HERE. The Sack O’ Corpses come in a sealed back with the label stapled to the top. See the image below.
The display package is appropriate, but in some cases may not protect the product adequately. Although there was no damage to my product, some of the actual bits of corpses had fallen off of the sprue. Understandable as the pieces themselves are so much smaller than the piece of sprue they came on and can be easily forced off of the sprue with enough banging around. As you can see in the image below, there were four parts that fell off of the sprue. Not a big deal, but something to be aware of in case the sack splits open or something happens during shipping.
The sack contains 13 pieces that can be used for a variety of purposes. The sack includes 4 torsos, 1 loose head, 2 hands, 2 feet, 2 legs, and 2 arms cast out of resin.
The pieces represent the human form in size and shape and you can easily tell where from the body they came from. The image below shows them on a cutting mat with grid lines in inches and centimeter to help you approximate size of each part.
Each part has very little to no visible flash, but may require some light sanding. As these are corpses, they are significantly mauled and mangled, so even if they had mold lines, the parts wouldn’t necessarily need a steady hand to remove them; any mistakes could be attributed to the dismembered and mangled body parts themselves.
The detail on each piece finely represents the damage you’d expect from dismembered, disemboweled, and cut up corpses. There is enough detail showing broken bones, guts, etc, that modelers who strive for tabletop quality wont need to add any additional details. Painting the pieces in a variety of ways can show the corpses in different stages of decomposition- lots of blood and no bruises to show a recent death, little blood but some blue, purple and black can show a body in a later stage of decomposition, or, add some yellow and green to show some serious decomposition in the body parts.
The Sack O’ Corpses can be used for a variety of things, including adding details for bases in games like Hell Dorado, corpse tokens themselves in differing games and genres of games such as Sedition Wars, Warmachine, and others. The parts would make excellent body counters or tokens for zombie games as well. I plan to use them myself for different tokens in different games as well as use them to add some needed details to a couple of my painted models for Hell Dorado. With a lot of people doing conversions and the like, these individual pieces may be exactly what you need.
Pricing and Final Thoughts
At a retail price of $19.99, I’m not sure the product is in everybody’s budget. For a frugal gamer like myself, the price is a little steep. Of course, the project you use them in as well as your own expendable income makes price a subjective discussion.
To summarize, the Sack O’ Corpses by Secret Weapon Miniatures are finely detailed with enough variety in parts that you can use them for a variety of purposes. Resin parts mean they hold detail more than plastic or metal counterparts so modelers should be happy in that department.
The variety of parts, the number of parts, and the details means that this product can be used for a wide variety of used and projects. In this regard, the Sack O’ Corpses is nice to have for many uses.
However, for me, the price just doesn’t seem to fit the piece, but I can see that the product is a niche product in a niche hobby, so I can’t see SWM mass producing them to help keep costs down for us gamers and hobby modelers. If you break it down by price per piece it comes out to $1.54 per part. Again, it’s subjective to discuss price and how the product is worth the money or not for each person.
Please let me know what you think of the product- whether you’ve used it before or how you might use the product in your hobby. Also, what are your thoughts in general about subjective topic of pricing?