Saturday, 3 October 2015


Hot on the heels of the release of the lovely Hansom Tank (see here), Westwind presents the HMLS GLADSTONE. 
A lovely bit of kit to be sure, but one does have to wonder why a Royal Navy landship has a crew in Army uniforms...
Not to be outshone by the Army and its dammed Tankovsky, the Royal Navy commissioned the Jerusalem Iron Works to construct a new class of Ironclad - 'HMLS Gladstone!' It was the first in this new class of Land Battleship. ''We will take the Navy to the enemy wherever he hides, the lack of a sea will not be an obstacle!'' so said First Sea Lord and Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Arthur Hood.

HMLS Gladstone first saw active service in the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. However it did not distinguish itself in combat as it became stuck fast in the Buffalo river close to a small outpost known locally as Rourke's Drift. What became of the crew is unknown!


commissarmoody said...

Easy to explain away, they had to use army stores for uniforms, or those are Royal marines.

Paul O'G said...

Sure - and painting them an RMs is a great idea.
I just think this is an atypically dumb thing for WW to have done.
Easy to swap out for the right figures but for GBP25 you shouldn't have to

That said, the vehicle itself it really, really nice though!

Gordon Richards said...

That does look nice!

Michael Awdry said...

Regardless of whose in command, it does look fabulous! ;)

Stuart S said...

Nice looking piece of kit....
Makes you wonder how the Zulu's might be upskilled ? :-)

J Womack, Esq. said...

Blast and damnation!

Need one of these too.

Determined to see me divorced and in the poorhouse.

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