The original Blood and Plunder Kickstarter included a number of legendary figures. Here are the ones I have.


The Kickstarter came with a Captain Morgan figure and a Captain Morgan alternate figure. The alternate figure sit standing on a Spanish morian instead of a keg of rum. Too bad.

From a well-documented Wikipedia article:

Sir Henry Morgan, (c. 1635 – 25 August 1688) was a Welsh privateer, landowner and, later, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica. From his base in Port Royal, Jamaica, he raided settlements and shipping on the Spanish Main, becoming wealthy as he did so. With the prize money from the raids he purchased three large sugar plantations on the island.

Much of Morgan's early life is unknown. He was born in south Wales, but it is not known how he made his way to the West Indies, or how he began his career as a privateer. He was probably a member of a group of raiders led by Sir Christopher Myngs in the early 1660s. Morgan became a close friend of Sir Thomas Modyford, the Governor of Jamaica. When diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of England and Spain worsened in 1667, Modyford gave Morgan a letter of marque, a license to attack and seize Spanish vessels. Morgan subsequently conducted successful and highly lucrative raids on Puerto Principe (now Camagüey in modern Cuba) and Porto Bello (in modern Panama). In 1668 he sailed for Maracaibo and Gibraltar, both on Lake Maracaibo in modern-day Venezuela. He raided and plundered both cities before destroying a large Spanish squadron as he escaped.

In 1671 Morgan attacked Panama City, landing on the Caribbean coast and traversing the isthmus before he attacked the city, which was on the Pacific coast. The battle was a rout, although the privateers profited less than in other raids. To appease the Spanish, with whom the English had signed a peace treaty, Morgan was arrested and summoned to London in 1672, but was treated as a hero by the general populace and the leading figures of government and royalty including Charles II.

Morgan was appointed a Knight Bachelor in November 1674 and returned to Jamaica shortly afterward to serve as the territory's Lieutenant Governor. He served on the Assembly of Jamaica until 1683 and on three occasions he acted as Governor of Jamaica in the absence of the post-holder. A memoir published by Alexandre Exquemelin, a former shipmate of Morgan's, accused the privateer of widespread torture and other offenses; Morgan brought a libel suit against the book's English publishers and won, although the black picture Exquemelin portrayed of Morgan has affected history's view of the Welshman. He died in Jamaica on 25 August 1688. His life was romanticized after his death and he became the inspiration for pirate-themed works of fiction across a range of genres.

Here's a 17th century color woodcut:

There's also a Howard Pyle figure based on this painting:

Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people. It turns out that Pyle was the mentor of N.C. Wyeth, the illustrator of Treasure Island--and himself a highly popular illustrator.

The painting is called Buccaneer of the Caribbean, from Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates.The figure is a self-portrait.


I also got two other figures not related to the English faction.

This is Manuel Rivero de Pardal, "a Portuguese privateer whose romantic notions of the Iberian-Anglo rivalry led him to carry out bold exploits against the English. His audacious actions and shameless boasting earned him great notoriety among the Buccaneers."

The figure that I have is from the Kickstarter and is holding two pistols instead of two swords.

According to the always-reliable Wikipedia:

Pardal was originally hired by the Spanish to attack English bases in the Caribbean following Captain Henry Morgan's raid on Puerto Bello in 1668. Although it was anticipated that he would take on Morgan himself, Pardal instead attacked the turtle settlement on Little Cayman in 1670. Flying under false colors with a fleet of five ships, Pardal's 200-man force landed on the beach, burned homes and turtle sloops and captured the Jamaican ship Hopewell. Before leaving for Cuba, he reportedly took two sloops and several prisoners with him.


While in Cuba, he encountered Dutch pirate Bernard Speirdyke and later captured his ship. Upon his return to Cartagena in 1671, a festival was held in his honor, and he was appointed "Admiral of the Corsairs" by the governor. During that same year, he sailed with his flagship the San Pedro and a captured French frigate, seizing another sloop and attacking remote villages on the northern Jamaican coastline. According to popular lore, he wrote a poem issuing a challenge to Captain Henry Morgan which was written on sailcloth and hung on a tree at Point Negril:


"I come to seek General Morgan with two shippes of twenty guns and, having seen this, I crave he would come out upon ye coast to seeke mee, that hee might see ye valour of ye Spanish."


Authorities in Jamaica were alarmed to the extent that Governor Thomas Modyford authorized Captain Morgan to defend Port Royal against Pardal; however, Morgan instead used this an excuse to assemble a fleet to launch the now famous raid on Panama, in spite of the peace agreement between England and Spain following the signing of the Treaty of Madrid.

Pardal was eventually killed and his flagship San Pedro y Fama captured off the north coast of Cuba in battle against Captain John Morris, a lieutenant of Captain Morgan


And this one is an unnamed alternate Spanish commander.