The Imperial Armada was a subtheme of Pirates, produced from 1996 to 1998. The Armada soldiers appear to be based on 16th century Spanish conquistadors, and wear armor typical of the early 16th century. They are led by a figure known as the Admiral, who, according to a 1996 issue of LEGO Magazine, was raised by the Islanders. He wears a chrome breastplate element (which covers the front of the torso only). Unlike the previous imperial lines, the Armada had no substantial fort or base.