Sunday 28 February 2021


I recently commented on my extremely slow moving Freedom Force project. Well, in the wake of that post, I was struck by some inspiration about adding to that project with a couple of models that I'd not really known what to do with.

Thus, I present Pinstripe and his gang.

Pinstripe and the Gangster in the white hat are from Crooked Dice and I bought them with several other Pulp villains as part of a Kickstarter campaign. I had intended to make a Pulp cast of generic gangsters, but I had no real inspiration about starting them. 

However, it struck me that with the addition of a gun, the Hulking Henchman could pass for Pinstripe from Freedom Force, and the Kingpin of Crime was pretty much a dread ringer for his Gangster henchmen.

Pinstripe is, appropriately, a fairly chunky miniature. He's not a perfect imitation of the character and there are several inaccuracies: he's not wearing a shirt, tie and waistcoat; his gun is not a Tommy Gun, it's a Soviet PPSh-41 (probably procured from Nuclear Winter); and the colour of the sweater isn't magenta enough (I may change it as the colour balance on the model seems 'off').

However, what I am pleased with is my first ever attempt at pinstripes. Although daunting, these weren't really optional with a character called 'Pinstripe'.

However, YouTube came to the rescue and I came across a tutorial which suggested painting them without worrying about them being perfect, then correcting them with the base colour. I left shading and highlighting afterwards, ignoring the pinstripes themselves.

If I'm being picky, the pinstripes on one of the legs and the arms are wider than on the rest of the model (I actually think they're better as I got more confident as I went on). However, given how wary I was of doing this, I'm delighted with the end result.

I'm absolutely over the moon with the Gangster. Although I chickened out of giving him pinstripes as well, and opted for a drybrushed pale grey for the suit.

I really like the colours from the character in the game. I think the white accents and yellow waistcoat really help the model to pop. If I'd painted this as a generic gangster, I almost certainly would have gone for something duller, and I'm glad I haven't.

Now that he's painted, he will almost certainly pull double duty as a Kingpin of Crime in games of 7TV: Pulp.

The two henchmen are actually just a fortunate coincidence. They are Heroclix miniatures I painted a long time ago to use with my BMG miniatures, before my collection got out of hand.

Their proportions don't really fit with the KM Batman miniatures, but they are almost exact imitations of the Hitman henchmen from the Freedom Force game.

I've rebased them on resin bases to match the rest of my Freedom Force miniatures and I now have enough to actually play a game, setting Mentor and Microwave against Pinstripe and his goons as they do a shady deal with Nuclear Winter.

I'm not counting painting the bases as miniatures, even though they actually took more effort than the Weeping Angels from my last post. I need to maintain some integrity in my tally.

Acquired: 34
Painted: 39


  1. Mate they look fabulous. Kudos on a great project.

  2. Absolutely brilliant Kieron, they all look fantastic! You really nailed the pinstripes, wow! Which tutorial on YouTube helped you, I'd be interested in checking that out.

    1. Thanks, it was this one:

      I didn't follow all the advice, Andy shading and highlighting for me consisted of washing and drybrushing rather than anything fancy. However, it gave me the confidence to give it a go.

  3. Fab versions of their digital counterparts. They pass the test for me.

    1. Thanks. I'm really quite pleased with them.