Centurion Devastator Squads are long-range specialists who pound enemy positions with salvos of heavy weapons fire. They are primarily employed to besiege defended enemy positions, or used as mobile firebases to strengthen the Space Marine battle lines.
So I bought these buys a long time before the Primaris marines came out, with the idea that bigger equals better. Having regular marines in suits allowing them to carry heavy weapons found more commonly on tanks is a cool idea, even if a little silly.
Primaris Aggressors are the new beefed up terminators that are much more sensibly designed, but a part of the charm of these guys is just how ridiculously chunky they are. The main thing I didn't like was the really stiff pose of the legs as they come in the box.
To fix this I cut them mainly around the knees and where they connect to the feet and torso, allowing me to change the angle of the feet and bend the knees. This helps make the suits look a lot easier to move around in, and even makes one of them look like he's charging forwards.
With these changes, along with a number of Space Wolf pelts, skulls, runes, heads and a big wolf pelt cloak on the captain they look a lot cooler in my opinion. I also magnetised all the weapon options, allowing me to test them all out in the future. I've added photos from all angles in the gallery below, but here are the options from the front:
I cast some Fantascape Glacial Ruins bases using Instant Mold & Milliput, then glued some sand around the edges, applying a second layer of watered down PVA to help it stuck.
I applied the Seraphim Sepia applied in patches to give a dirt stained look.
Finally, I applied some Mordheim Turf tufts and then a couple of layers of Deluxe's Scenic Snow.
I went for a lot chunkier highlight than I normally do to add a bit more contrast, and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. They're a lot brighter and cleaner than my usual more gritty style. It makes them look great on their own, but hopefully won't stop them from standing out too much from the rest of my army. I might try the technique again in the next unit I paint and see how they all look together.
The yellow and red on the shoulders really help prevent them looking like a big grey blob, giving them a bit of shape. They help to draw your eye to the face in the middle, where I gave them the classic Blood Claw orange hair as I'm sure they'd be the only ones crazy enough to put on the armour.
At some point I might add some battle damage to help tie them in a bit better, but for now I'm enjoying the new off the factory look.