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Seven times LEGO Ideas 10K Club Member, BrickHammer has returned with yet another stunning creation, “Armada Port“!
This seaside stronghold has already attracted more than 9,000
6,300 supporters and has more than 700 days remaining, giving it a decent phenomenally good shot at reaching 10K supporters.
So let’s make it happen! Let’s all unite and tell The LEGO Group it’s time to release a brand new Pirate-themed set! It’s been more than two years, after all!
March over to the LEGO Ideas project page and click the SUPPORT button right now! And then leave a comment while you’re at it! Or continue reading this blog post for exclusive commentary from BrickHammer about the build.
Pirates and buccaneers beware!
Too long have you preyed on weak and unprotected merchant ships! Too long have you raided small Caribbean Islands and ports! Too long have you roamed the seven seas without meeting any real resistance! Now you will have to face the justice of the mighty Imperial Armada!
This “Armada Port” is an homage to the beloved 90s Imperial Armada pirates subtheme, which only ever got a single fort like structure! While sets like the “Eldorado Fortress” were clearly based on the British Empire, this all new design uses elements of real life Caribbean architecture to pay tribute to the Spanish Armada while also trying to capture the spirit of Caribbean ports like Havana!
BrickHammer provides us with further details of his creation:
The build consists of a small Caribbean island complete with a bay, a rocky cliff, a cave, palm trees, parrots and a monkey. Despite the small size of the island, this Caribbean trading post consists of several interesting structures:
- A small wooden peer
- A crane
- A boat
- An open storehouse to store incoming goods
- A small residential house
- and the big Armada fort on the cliffs above the bay!The fort itself consists of:
- The governor’s house, which contains a war room, a storage for treasure, an armoury and bunk beds for the port’s garrison,
- and a bastion with cannons and a bell to sound the alarm in case of a pirate attack!The “Armada Port” consists of 2980 pieces including 3 parrots, a monkey and 4 minifigures:
- The port’s governor
- An Armada guard
- An Armada sailor
- and a female merchant!Length: 38 cm.Width: 38 cm.Height: 24 cm.
The Design Process
BrickHammer explains how he arrived at the final design:
After my first LEGO IDEAS submission “Imperial Island Fort“) was turned down I immediately started to plan a redesign of the project. I always start my designs with a very clear vision in my head and for this redesign I had two major goals: 1. I wanted to make the design a lot more colourful and 2. I wanted to add as much depth and verticality as possible within the 3k parts limit of LEGO IDEAS. On top of that, instead of going back to the “old” red coats, who already had their big “Eldorado Fortress”, I decided to honour the legacy of the Armada faction which only ever received one bulding: The Armada Sentry!
I had started the project about a year ago but then put it on ice because I was not really happy with the results. At one point I just decided to move on to other designs and have created a couple of them since then. You can see the final result of my first attempt in the picture below. Even though this was far from finished it is clearly visible that the proportions and the over all layout would have looked super weird.
I then returned to the project in early May 2022 and finished it in about two weeks. My main hobby is martial arts and for some reason I keep injuring myself which then results in me having more time to build. In a way this project is thus brought to you by my broken rib! However, two weeks are a rather long time for me. Some of my projects were built within two or three days (even some of the ones that made it to 10k). The rendering usually takes a longer than the building!
To get a better feeling for the general shape of the island I used a couple of placeholders to determine the relative size and location of the different structures, as can be seen in the picture below:
After I was satisfied with the results of the first couple of test renderings, I also made sure that the geography of the whole island was visually appealing from all angles and that there was a good mixture between 90 degree angles and odd angled elements, as can be seen from a bird’s eye view:
Once, I was happy with the general shape I started to design the different buildings in detail. While the fortification and the smaller houses were quite easy to design, I struggled a lot with the design of the main building. Originally I had planned to include a big arch with a bell, but was unable to find a design that did not look like a church! In the end I decided to move the bell to the right outer wall and go for a more basic roof design, since I really did not want to make the building look like a chapel. You can see a couple of different variations for the roof structure below:
The Imperial Armada minifigures never received names in the set packaging or retail catalogues. However, the Northern American, LEGO Mania Magazine and Shop At Home catalogues referred to the minifig with the bright red torso as “The Admiral”. The March/April 1996 issue of LEGO Mania Magazine held a contest to determine his name, offering “Billy Cannonball Cordoba” and “Don Diego de LEGO” as suggestions, along with a write-in option to allow participants to submit their own.
But alas, the winning name was never announced! The July/August 1996 issue merely stated three names offered by fans; “Sir Sail-a-Lot”, “Don Juan DeMented” and “Chrislego Columbia”. So without a canonical designation, later magazines, catalogs and even video games continued referring to him as “The Admiral”.
Some sources state the UK Bricks ‘n Pieces Magazine named the minifig “Sergeant Speedy”. Although, the magazine’s narrative mentions this character springing to action at the “outpost”, which could be a reference to 6244 Armada Sentry, rather than any of the Imperial Armada minifigures onboard the Santa Cruz (6280 Armada Flagship).
The green torsoed Captain Valiant was also mentioned on the same page, only his name and dialogue was used in conjunction with the speech bubble above the minifigure speaking the same lines.
Not to worry, the Classic Pirates are happy put forth naming suggestions! Let’s give “Cannonball Cordoba” to the new soldier who doesn’t resemble any past Imperial Armada figures, and “Labonita Legola” to the stunning senorita.
But what do you think? Could these minfigures be given better names? Or should we honour the past and use what previous media has offered?
BrickHammer’s Closing Words:
I am really happy with how my “Armada Port” turned out! If you like it you can check it out on the LEGO IDEAS website!
If you have any questions please ask! I really appreciate criticism and feedback!
How Can I Help?
1. Support on LEGO Ideas
The very first thing you can do is support the submission on LEGO Ideas!
Just click on the Yellow Support Button:
- To the right of the main image on Desktop
- Beneath the main image on Mobile
2. Comment on LEGO Ideas
Write a comment on the project page and tell everyone why you think Armada Port will make a great set!
Scroll down beneath the main image and click the Comments link.
You’ll need to be logged into your LEGO.com account to submit a comment. If you don’t have an account you’ll need to create one – it’ll be worth it!
Just be sure you read the House Rules before submitting anything!
3. Share on Social Media
One you’ve done that, share it to social media! Share to your friends or relevant LEGO Pirate groups.
Share from LEGO Ideas
You can share directly from the LEGO Ideas project page by clicking the Share Project link to the right of the main image.
Share from Classic-Pirates.com
The Classic Pirates have made it easy for you. At the bottom of this post are some share buttons to each of the major Social Media platforms.
So scroll down and share to yer heart’s content!
About the Builder…
BrickHammer specializes in digital builds within the Pirates and Castle theme and has achieved 10,000 supporters for SEVEN different LEGO Ideas projects. That’s right, 10,000 supporters for each of the the seven seas! To be dazzled by more of his fantastic builds, check out his Instagram, LEGO Ideas profile, and Eurobricks profile.
Now, have ye pledged yer support for this beautiful build? If not set a direct course to LEGO Ideas project page at once! Then tell us yer thoughts on Armada Port. Do you think it would make a worthy addition to the Imperial Armada subtheme? What do you like about it? Could there be improvements? What would you do differently if you were the builder?
Visit the LEGO Pirates Forum and share yer thoughts with the Classic Pirates!