Flores is the badass captain you want on your flagship. On a big enough ship, with big enough cannons, he can wipe an enemy off the ocean in one dice roll.
Use him on a flagship with good cannons, such as the Harbinger. Imagine those 5 rank-2 guns, with broadside! It can take out a 6 mast junk ship in one blow.
Strategies and game play:
Flores is obviously not meant for treasure hunting. The ex-french captain can serve a ship best if theres alot of cannons at his disposal. Perhaps add a musketeer if you have to go up against the Bauchan. By covering the captain's role of move+shoot, he clears cargo room up. Use him to get the first shot in or a big enemy. Don't waste your time using this dude on little 3 masters, unless that's all that's left.
Combos with other miniatures:
Add a helmsman to extend his broadsides range. Stick him on ships like Harbinger, Deliverance, Revenant etc. I also like adding Jack Hawkins, for his double action and ghost crew ability. They make a good team together. If you put him on a smaller ship, make sure it has good cannons, like the Accused.
Ways to counteract it:
Any anti-crew personnel will work. But generally, if your enemy has Flores on a big ship, kill him first or you're a deadman. Those crew killers are excellent, like Assino de la Nave, or Panda.
Captain ability, Broadsides ability. 6 points a decent value for what you get, compared to English Percival Blake (who costs 7). Can add a musketeer to any ship to enhance his ability. Can wipe out an enemy in one roll.
He has no link. If you miss on a broadsides, you're in deep trouble, cus you'll be sitting within S of likely a large enemy. Limited usefulness to only larger vessels. If your enemy fronts a bunch of little ships, Flores' broadsides isn't going to give as much of a bang for the buck. Broadsides cannot be pumped up by any other abilities, such as +1 to cannons, or cannoneer re-rolls.
Artwork and aesthetics:
He looks badass. Big, hulking, black-masked, with a kick-ass moustache.
7/10. In his element he's absolutely deadly. But you really have to use him right, and on the right ship, and against the right enemy.