Pinckney primarily appeared in the 2002-04 Wildstorm Comics series Stormwatch: Team Achilles.

For additional context, you can also read the Ben Santini character profiles.


  • Real Name: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney.
  • Marital Status: Single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Base Of Operations: UN building, Manhattan, New York City.
  • Height: 5’7” Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Eyes: Brown Hair: Black


Powers and Abilities

Pinckney is a crack soldier from the world’s most competent military unit.

His speciality is sniping. He’s at the top of his game, with impressive hit ratios under the most trying circumstances. Like most good snipers he’s very calm, patient and capable of working on his own or with a partner for weeks and weeks far behind enemy lines.

Although he professes a distaste for close-in work and is a bit on the short side, he’s actually an excellent hand-to-hand combatant and CQB  tactical operator. He simply is an even better sniper and spotter.


Charles Cotesworth Pinckney’s parents were traditionalists – and quite wealthy and influential. They thus wanted their sons to follow the traditional pattern. First son in the House of Lords with most of the land and wealth, second son in the military, third son in the Church of England. Charles was the second son.

While Pinckney is far from the stereotype, it turned out that he was gifted in matters of arms. He went to all the best schools, and was top of his class at the Sandhurst Royal Military Academy. Not only was he accepted for the Special Air Service, but he breezed through training and joined the best of the best, the 22nd regiment.

At 32, he was a full Colonel. Beyond the then-usual SAS activity in Ireland, he became a veteran of several combat ops around the world.

However, his career was wrecked by a superhuman. Pinckney’s commanding officer was taken over by an hostile telepath. Under mind control, he was about to shoot the Queen when Pinckney blew his head off. Pinckney was demoted to Sergeant for killing his commanding officer, and his advancement permanently frozen.

Son of Peleus

With his history with superhumans, remarkable skill and general performance as a soldier, Pinckney was selected by Santini and Coleman to become a member of the new StormWatch team for the UN. He was called to action before the team could be formed – as the UN building was under attack by a cadre of terrorists.

Amusingly, it turned out that the Russian Pinckney had picked up in the hotel lobby the night before was another future StormWatch member – Captain Galena Golovin. Thus Santini had his sniper team already formed under a non-regulation variant of the buddy system.

Pinckney and Golovin have continued their relationship in active service. The sniper team has been particularly successful, and has managed to survive all missions. Pinckney normally acts as Golovin’s spotter.

On the run

However, Team Achilles had to hit the mattresses when the Authority took over the UN and the US government.

After several years spent in exile on an alternate Earth where the entire human population had been murdered, Team Achilles came back to Wildstorm Earth. Sgt. Pinckney was not among their ranks, though – what happened is unknown.


See illustration.


Like all Team Achilles members, Pinckney has some stereotypical traits from his nationality. He is a polite, cultured, refined, well-educated fellow.

Pinckney can also be described as a smooth talker, but he is discreet and reserved, not putting his social talents to boisterous use. He excels at the occasional cold, deadpan humor, especially with his lover Galena – though their constant bickering is getting a bit on Santini’s nerves.

He also seems to be something of an artist, wielding his sniper rifle like an elegant rapier whereas Golovin wields her huge .50 more like a broadsword. He obviously consider the sniper’s art to be more fitting for a gentleman than beastly close assault detail.

Like all members of his unit, Pinckney is a top-notch professional. He has nerves of steel, a discipline of iron and is fully able to handle catastrophic situations. He’s more cautious and wary than the brash Galena.


“Now, let us say that there are few better ways of destroying a promising career than by blowing a Major-General’s head all over the Queen’s pretty gown.”

Pinckney : “Ankles, knees, hips. Five non-fatal shots delivered while he was falling from the first shot. Have you ever seen any bloody *assistant* shoot like that ?”
Golovin : “It was not badly done, my dutiful assistant.”
Pinckney : “’Not badly done‘ ? Strewth, woman, what’s it take to impress you ?”

Pinckney : “It’s probably gone balls up for the assault team.”
Golovin : “Should we go help ?”
Pinckney : “I’m a sniper, not a pub brawler.”

(As the sniper team seems to be about to die)
Pinckney, totally deadpan : “I suppose this is where I’m supposed to say that I’ve always loved you”
Golovin : “Shut up, Charles.”

Pinckney, bickering with Galena : “And I certainly wouldn’t have jumped if a certain former Soviet slut hadn’t shoved me !”
Golovin, sarcastically : “My poor baby.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Sgt. Charles Pinckney

Dex: 04 Str: 03 Bod: 04 Motivation: Soldier
Int: 05 Wil: 05 Min: 05 Occupation: Elite soldier
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 017 HP: 025

Acrobatics (Climbing): 05, Martial artist: 05, Military science: 05, Military science (Camouflage): 06, Thief (Stealth): 05, Vehicles (Land): 05, Weaponry (Firearms, heavy): 06, Weaponry (Sniper): 07

Connoisseur, Credentials (UN, Medium), Iron Nerves, Lightning Reflexes, Rank (Sergeant), Scholar (Sniper tactics), Expertise (Military tactics), Expertise (Olympic sports lore).

StormWatch personnel are placed outside their normal chain of command. While they are on StormWatch duty their Rank Advantage becomes a 0-pts flavour advantage. Rank more or less applies *within* Team Achilles, but this is quite looser than in most military units.

StormWatch : Team Achilles (High), Captain Galena Golovin (High), 22nd regiment Special Air Service (Low).

None demonstrated.


  • Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Magnum .338 Lapua Magnum sniper rifle [BODY 04, Projectile weapons: 07, Range: 08, Telescopic vision: 04, Ammo: 05. Limitation: Projectile weapons has No Range – use the Range given next instead]. A likely model for Pinckney’s long rifle of choice.
  • High-powered binocular [BODY 04, Telescopic vision: 05, Shade: 02, Ultra-vision: 06 – also includes rangefinder, GPS, anemometer, etc.].
  • Browning High-power pistol [BODY 03, Projectile weapons: 04; Ammo: 13].
  • Camouflage poncho [BODY 05, Invisibility: 04, Military science (Camouflage): 04, Limitations: Invisibility only vs Thermal vision ; Military science (Camouflage) can Team Attack with the wearer].
  • BODY ARMOUR [BODY 07, Skin armor: 02, Limitations : Skin armour only vs. bullets and blades, Skin armour is Partial (long coat level)].
  • Combat knife [BODY 05, Enhance (EV): 01 (Cap is 06), Descriptor: Piercing, Slashing].
  • StormWatch fetish [BODY 10, Radio communications: 12].
  • Offensive grenades (x2) [BODY 04, EV 07 (Area of Effect), Grenade drawback].
  • Decoy system [BODY 02, Illusion: 04, Limitation : Illusion only to fool specialised sensors (Thermal vision, Radar Sense, Super-hearing, etc.) but not ordinary sight, Illusion only to establish an illusion of two persons standing there].
    This small system was used to fool the Engineer into thinking he and Galena were still at their previous sniping spot – and dupe her into believing she had blown them up. It looks like a set of stand-ups in the rough shape of a human body, wired to small generators and radiating the heat and noise from a living person.
    Note that those decoys are rather crude compared to the Engineer’s enhanced senses – but she opened fire without taking the time to confirm her targets, as the Authority believed they were under deadly fire.

By Sébastien Andrivet.

Source of Character: StormWatch : Team Achilles comic books.

Helper(s): Roy Cowan.