Hi there, Staff member Liam here with a Blog post about a personal project I recently worked on at the office that I thought would be great to share.
When I saw some of the really creative content we had coming out on our Digital Forge Patreon involving things like Civilians and Operatives, it made me instantly think of how much I have wanted to put together some form of mini diorama style display of models that I could also use for skirmish gaming based on one of my favourite game worlds of recent years, "The Division™".
I absolutely loved spending hours in the Dark Zone looting and PvPing, and I thought using this new selection of parts along with a few of our resin bits, I could possibly recreate a scene that wouldn't look out of place when picturing how things may have gone down at the start of the fall when people started getting desperate and Agents started to question their loyalties.
The Rogue Agents themselves were a simple task to take on and start building straight away, as the plethora of parts I had to choose from in the latest Digital Patreon bundle was amazing. It gave me a lot of style choices as far as looks for the agents went, which is perfect for someone Division themed as agents in that world come dressed in all sorts of clothing and body armour! And the first agent I just HAD to build was immediately clear to me once I saw the STL, and that was the one posed like the Iconic Dark Zone imagery I had as a desktop wallpaper for sooo long .... The Extraction has been called agent !
Seeing the Flare gun model I just had to make one, but it felt like something was missing which is when I decided to convert up a smoke trail showing the flare launching up into the sky. This was a pretty simple conversion, I used some of our Large Smoke pieces and glued them together in a chain. Once I'd put that together and glued it to the flare gun I was hit by memories of calling in my first extraction and knew id made the right call on those pieces.
As for her partner in crime pictured to her right, like all good Rogue agents, carrying bags of swag either found left behind or "liberated" is the norm. I loved the look of the Duffel/Sports bags in the bundle, so by using a male Cyberpunk arm to get the right posing for the running position the 3d printed model was in.
Now, I couldn't do some Rogue agent models without also showing them actively liberating some goods from other agents. And this is where the Civilian bundle came to the rescue!
Combining the Operatives and Civilians bundles on this model it really does capture some of the brutality the Rogues showed towards other people. When you compared the Operative's slightly more formal Military style against the next wave of lesser prepared agents cowering on the floor it. And the addition of the 3D-printed urban bases we have on our website helped with the posing of the scene a lot!
And I couldn't have the Rogues ganging up 4 to 1 ( even though that's how the Dark Zone went most of the time ha ! ), I had to balance out the forces a little bit so I converted up a few more from the Civilian bundle along with some Regiments Resin to complete the last 2 of the Agents for this scene.
With these 2 models, I added a few resin parts like their arms and heads, as well as things like the Respirator head parts which look WAY less of a secret organisation Tech piece you wouldn't have been able to get hold of so freely. As well as the guns themselves used by these agents being ones from our Regiment range so they looked less high-tech.
To top off the scene on these 2, they also needed to be sporting some form of bag/containers etc which signified when you have some loot put together you wanted to get out of the Zone. For those conversions they were simple: the Hazardous Environment Accessory Pack!
This little sprue had so many little scatter pieces on that it was perfect for not only that, but also possibly adding some more things like radios etc to my troops. And last but not least for terrain details, it couldn't be an abandoned city street without things like broken bottles everywhere they walked, and that was the easiest part of the builds using our Bottles sprues !
Once they were all built, painting them up was just as much fun as they were to build. And once together in that diorama style arrangement on the table it really got me thinking of trying this out again with maybe some of the other factions and seeing what else could possibly find its way to the tabletop using a combination of our Digital Pateron parts and our Resin Range !
Hopefully these have inspired you to try building some models based on something you love !