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miniature review Bloody Jewel: Often overlooked gold runner

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Bloody Jewel: click to enlarge
Bloody Jewel

Miniature text:

American ships get +1 to their cannon rolls against this ship.

The Bloody Jewel preys on merchant ships sailing to and from Charleston. Anyone who brings the ship's masthead to Ralph David will be rewarded with a plot of Carolina land as bounty.

  • Collector's Number: 008
  • Faction Affiliation: Pirate
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 6
  • Cargo Space: 5
  • Base Move: S+L
  • Cannons: 3L-3S
  • Number of Masts: 2
Bloody Jewel
Often overlooked gold runner

written by wapcaplets
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General description:
The Bloody Jewel isn't a ship that is always foremost in people's minds when they think of gold runners but it's definitely worth considering.

This ship is best used as a gold runner but it's not a total pushover in the gun department, either. Not a candidate for a Captain but it can shoot at long range and will probably take a mast or two off any ship that it can survive one salvo against.

Strategies and game play:
With it's enormous 5 cargo spaces this ship is made for haulin' home the booty (as in gold, not... other things).

Combos with other miniatures:
Since this ship has 5 cargo spaces putting the standard Helmsman/Explorer combo gives you the possibility of leaving an island with all four gold once you do the Helsman/Explorer shuffle.

Ways to counteract it:
With only 2 masts and no schooner-like ability it's subject to the ol' pin-n-shoot.

- Decent base move
- Gigantic cargo hold for a 2-masted ship

- Americans get cannon bonuses

Artwork and aesthetics:
The blood-red art on this ship is really cool and pretty much unique.

Overall rating:
I rank the Bloody Jewel at a 7. Not something for every fleet but a great draw for sealed or draft.


Modified on February 26, 2011 08:15 pm

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Avatar for knomlic
Subject: It killed me   Posted: September 8, 2006 01:42 am Reply with quote Report content icon

For her points in a game, this is a really hard one for me to pass on. I used her on my first game as a gold runner with the gargantuane and 4 mast scooner and did very well with it as a gold runner. I know it is a mixed matched group, but just learning. I rate this ship very well in my opinion. Thanks for the info/thoughts on it.
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Subject:    Posted: October 3, 2006 06:41 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I've used the Bloody Jewel in almost every treasure running fleet I've ever built! She be a fine ship, matey.
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Subject:    Posted: October 4, 2006 08:16 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

"Often overlooked gold runner"??

Really?!? Personally I would label it:

"A Top 5 gold runner that you should always keep in mind!"

For a standard 40-point game, aside from the Banshee's Cry and La Bon Marin, this is probably my favorite gold hauler to play. In a very affordable 9-point package you get L+S+S movement to and from a wild island, with all 4 gold on board (using the aforementioned HM/Exp shuffle) for the return trip.

Oh yeah, and the paint job is top notch!

Syrinx’s Rating: 8.5
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Subject:    Posted: September 9, 2007 04:53 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Syrinx is right, Bloody Jewel deserved a better treatment...
Good review for pointing her out, but average marks for undervaluing her.

Still I'd like to see some more Kapnkrunch's reviews...
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Subject:    Posted: February 26, 2011 08:15 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I personally would rate the Bloody Jewel a 10 for the ship itself. On the otherhand, I would give you a 5 vote for reviewing such an exellent gold runner, but you completely underestamated. In some games we allow duplicates. So I if could, I said if, I could throw in a 60pt game, 10 Bloody Jewels. Have fun with that, (If only you could really do that)
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Subject: Overlooked... WHAT?!!!   Posted: November 6, 2014 08:01 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I cant understand how you could underrate this ship so badly, at 6pts, 5 cargo & S+L movement this is one of my FAVORITE gold runners!
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