Francis Cassel was a Local Missouri Blacksmith and small village Preacher when the American Civil War broke out - He served with distinction in the confederate army as a combat Chaplain and Soldier, awarded many times for his bravery but never taking a more active role or promotion
Administering Last rites to those he had slain and those slain by his enemy
God watched over him and he survived the war with barely a wound physically but a very wounded soul - sickened by what he had seen he moved away from an America he no longer recognised and founded a mission in a small village south of the Mexican border
There he lived the simple life, took a wife and had raised a loving family - he wanted to forget the war, but the war would not forget him...
For Cassel had killed the Brother of Captain Terrel - one of the most vicious "Redleg" commanders in the Union's employ
During the Mexican Festival of "Dia De Los Muertos" - "Day Of The Dead" with a 30 man strong loyal Redleg unit bolstered with 20 Comanchero mercenaries, Terrel razed Cassel's Church and his village to the ground, slaughtering Men, Women and Children including Cassel and his Family
Or so it would seem - Cassel lived - but barely
Using arcane medicines - He had been saved and nursed back to health by an old Shaman of Aztec descent - the only person in the village to never be one of his flock
The Old one demanded that those who died on "El Dia De Los Muertos" should be avenged....
In his delirium Cassel believed that God Himself was demanding Vengeance from him and that he was being asked to become God's Angel of Death...
The Wily Old shaman played on this perception and painted Frank's burned face with a Day Of The Dead Skull mask and infusing him with strength, speed and vitality from ancient Hallucinogenic herbs
Cassel dispassionately buried the entire town in a mass grave covered in Lime - this same lime he daubed his torn priestly vestments with.
Crudely drawing a skull on his chest.
Now everyone would be avenged but first he needed Weapons
He melted down the Crucifixes of his burnt church and fashioned a cavalry sword and a pair of huge, French Lemat-style handguns - each capable of firing 9 shots, each shot the equivalent of a shotgun round
And so armed Frank Cassel was no more...
Now grim prairie tales are told of "El Vengedor" - The Punisher
A tall, black garbed figure riding a white horse - A man who seemingly cannot be killed
Death himself - a grinning Skull for a face...Armed with massive guns that never miss their target and do tremendous damage
Tales tell of his clothes adorned with the severed Trigger finger bones of those he has slain - especially those that line his hat
Head was an Evil Dead Ash Williams from Macfarlane Movie maniacs given a face paint skull mask in the Day Of The Dead Festival style
LOTR capes, Real cloth black combat trousers and a few scratchbuilt made pistols (barrels are drinks straws), gunbelt (made from trimmed cape parts) with scratchbuilt skull belt buckle and hat (with fingerbone trim), were added to the base figure
His boiler plate body armour underneath his Skull poncho is made from card
His preachers collar was also made from card