If you have a hankering for a little piracy, or maybe playing 'cop' 18th Century
style, have a look! This stunningly designed theme set brings back to life the
salty air and pitched battles upon the high seas! Both sides are resplendent in
their outfits. The Navy men and pieces all have that air of trimness about them
that you'd expect to find in the court of the queen of England! And the Pirates
have that lackadaisical appearance just as you'd expect the Pirates to have. Living
their lifestyle beyond the law, they were the law to themselves, and enjoyed it!
By their casual stances and bold fronts, you can see the life of the free-booting
pirate portrayed in every inch.
The famous pirates of the preceding centuries make a long list. A few of the
famous names are Henry Morgan, 'the King of All Pirates', William Kidd, feared
throughout the Atlantic Ocean, and Sir Francis Drake, the 'Gentleman' Pirate,
commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in the year 1572 to operate against all Spanish
shipping and holdings. Altogether, the history of the great pirates adds a lot
of spice to the tale of the settlement of America, and the unsettled periods
of the 18-19th centuries.
The commander of the blue Navy pieces looks every bit the English captain.
From his carefully powdered wig to his immaculate coat and buttons, he suits
his office to the letter! His wife appears at his side charming in her long
blue dress. Kerchief in hand she is ready for all oncomers. The bishops depict
trim gentlemen, easily representative of English lawyers or judges. The knights
are stern-faced mariners, with sword buckled to their sides and telescopes in
hand, ready to spot the enemy! The castle of the English seaman was none other
than the galleon, and the ship rolling on the blue waters provides useful support
from the rear. Maybe those cannons are rather real after all! The ranks of pawns
in front--marines armed with muskets--await the onset of battle stoically, just
waiting to give their training and arms the real test.
Of the opposing forces, the Pirate king is the most imposing figure. With his
eyepatch, pistol, hook for a hand, and wooden leg, he looks the image of what
everyone imagines the Pirate king to be! He even has his pet monkey at his side
waiting to perch on his shoulder and make faces at the oncoming mariners. The
pirate lady as the queen epitomizes the few women who went to sea with the pirates.
The ones who did were extremely bold, outgoing, and fearless, and this piratess
seems like no mismatch! The bishops represent the African men, who sometimes
became Pirates themselves. After all, a life of freedom and piracy was far better
than the life of a slave on a plantation. The knights and pawns take for their
models some of the lower orders of pirates. They were the ones who did most
of the work and shared all the danger, but sometimes had the 'best' times, because
they didn't have to be the watchers of the crew ensuring mutiny wasn't at hand.
And finally, the Pirates necessity, and castle; his trim seafaring vessel, designed
with the only purpose of attacking, and fast escaping!
With a blue vs red color theme, and the pirates sporting red vs the navy's
blue, the features of this set are numerous! Bright colors, lifelike figures,
the tang of salty air(well, almost), and an interesting battle at hand--you
can't resist the allure of using this set all the time!
- Pieces: Non-weighted, hand-painted, and plastic resin.
- King size: 3-1/4" tall, 1-1/8" bases.
- Pieces only. Chessboard not included.
- Set weighs 3 pounds.