The Punisher is a fictional character, an antihero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr., and Ross Andru, the character made its first appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February 1974).
The Punisher is a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime. Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City’s Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry. His family’s killers were the first to be slain. A war veteranof the U.S. military, Frank Castle is a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, guerrilla warfare, and a wide variety of weapons.
The Punisher is the recipient of multi-disciplinary military training from the United States Marine Corps. While a Marine, he also received training from the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy as well as cross-training with the Australian Special Air Service Regiment during the Vietnam War. In addition, since beginning his work as the Punisher, Castle has used his military discipline and training techniques to update and expand his skills in areas that aid in his mission (disguise, acting, use of non-military weapons, etc.). From this training, Punisher is proficient in not only basic infantry skills, but in special operations, which includes the use and maintenance of specialized firearms and explosive ordnance. He is highly trained in infiltration into heavily guarded enemy territories and structures for the purpose of assassination, capture, and military intelligence. Also, he is trained in various forms of camouflage and stealth. He is also highly adept at hand-to-hand combat, and has been trained in multiple forms of martial arts. Both Nick Fury and Tony Stark have commented on how extraordinarily high his pain tolerance is. He does not take even over-the-counter painkillers, as he feels that their benefit of dulling pain is not worth the side effects of drowsiness and slowed reflexes.
The streets of New York city becomes a chaotic maze of death when Peter Parker is infected with a chemical weapon called Survivor 118. The infection entered the New York water system but remained dormant for nearly seven months. The world was shocked when they witnessed Spider-Man beat down Rhino, and then devous him on national television.
The Fantastic Four captured Spider-Man and brought together a science team consisting of Reed Richards, Hank Pym, T’Challa, and Hank McCoy to figure out what has happened to him. They learned that Spider-Man’s DNA had been completely rewritten, leaving him as he was but primitive and predatorial human being. Before long, the global epidemic was in full swing, turning people into zombie-like predatory monsters craving human flesh!
Despite what was happening to Spider-Man, life continued normally for Wolverine. That is until Psylocke was kidnapped and then later found completely devoured … eaten like hamburger. As he took up the search for her killer, the world fell apart around him. The second major incident occurred at a Chinese restaurant where the Blob ate twenty-five people inside. Nom nom nom .. Chomp Chomp!
Things started to get worse when the science team realized that the virus had been around for a while, making it almost impossible to keep up with it. Reports started popping up in all five boroughs of New York and some in New Jersey. ReedRichards started to view it as a global threat. Logan was sent to pick up equipment that was shipped to the science team from Utopia, which was supposed to have arrived the day before. He found the shipment in Central Park and killed Angel when he saw that he was infected. Realizing that the infection has spread to Utopia, Wolverine traveled there and killed the infected X-Men.
“The Punisher is an emotional dead zone, unable to be shaken in any way by any form of fear. Combined with his extraordinary aptitude with brutality and his mastery of guerilla warfare, this makes Punisher the perfect soldier—in times of war, at least.”
I can never have enough Frank Castle, apparently. Of course, these versions of Frank Castle are being used in our homebrew games of Incursion. I decided that since I had three different miniatures of the Punisher (from the Heroclix games) that I would go ahead and make three different versions of Frank Castle for our use.
In our games of Incursion set (of course) in the Secrets of the Third Reich background, Frank Castle is a little different from the one you know and love. Here he is a rough and tough vetern of World War II, acting as an Ally of sorts to the 7th Armored Divison. He’s not an APE, obviously, but he still helps the boys out and packs a mean punch.
The first, above, is a version of the Punisher completely based on the Hurricane as discussed in a previous post in this blog. The miniature we use along with this card is pictured below. It’s the Punisher miniature from HeroClix: Punisher # 54 – Ultimates. He’s in a long coat with two pistols, diving for cover. This is a straight up Super Soldier version of Frank Castle similar to Sentinels from Secrets of the Third Reich.
The next version of Frank Castle is a little different. Since World War II took a different turn in Secrets of the Third Reich, I figure that Frank would start focusing on killing Zombies rather than gangsters. This version of Frank Castle is one a little later in the story where he’s becoming very good at stopping those “Catch and Release” Nazi Stormtroopers who release Zombies in Allied positions. He’s outfitted with a standard Specical Ability of Lucky, and then we created two abilities to fit our own needs: (1) Double Tap: Frank gets to double his Shooting Actions when spending AP to fire his .45 Colt, and (2) Zombie Hunter allows him to ad +1 to DD against Zombies. This card is matched with the Punisher Heroclix model shown below.
And the last incarnation, so far, of Frank Castle is a grim sniper armed with a Heavy Machine Gun. Yes, a Heavy Machine Gun. Hey, he’s not wearing an APE suit, but he’s using some of their equipment thanks to Sugger Murphey. This model gets to use the Sniper rules from Secrets of the Third Reich (since most of the Special Abilities from Incursion come straight from the book anyway…) along with Lucky and Ranger. (Ranger gives a -1 penalty to anyone attempting to shoot the model with the ability.)
So there you have it. Our three versions of Frank Castle, the Punisher. I’d like to keep blogging about him, but I have some dice to roll and zombies to kill. There’s a war going on, you know?