I decided to take on the insane task of painting my Axis & Allies board game units and I’m about 4.5 years into it. I have the fmg Italian set as well as the Europe 1940 second edition. The FMG set has the SM-79 as a heavy bomber and the 2nd edition set has the SM-79 as a tactical bomber. Any advice on whether I should paint the tac or the heavy? Here are some of my thoughts supporting each selection:
Reasons to use the SM-79 as a heavy bomber choice:
- This bomber was the same size in real life and performed similar roles as the Br-20. Since I plan to paint the Br-20 as a heavy bomber (In addition to also painting the P.108 as another option), it might not make sense to have a much smaller SM-79 tac bomber flying next to a much larger heavy bomber that in reality would’ve been approximately the same size.
- The FMG heavy bomber version looks a tad better than the Europe 1940 second edition tac bomber.
- The FMG BA.65 is probably the best looking out of any of the FMG/HBG/1940 tac bombers, so it may not be a tragedy if that’s the only kind on the board for Italy.
Use the SM-79 as a tactical bomber choice:
- This will allow me to add variety to the Italian player’s choices of tac bombers. If I choose to go with this as a tac, the player can choose between (or choose both) the FMG BA.65 or the SM-79 instead of having the BA.65 as the only choice.
- There would still be 2 Italian bombers to choose from and add variety to the board.
I’m leaning towards using it as a heavy, but I haven’t played the game yet (waiting until at least all the pieces on the board are painted), so reasons such as ‘Italy is more likely to buy 2 tacs than 3 bombers’ and other arguments related to gameplay would be considered. Also, some people may have ideas out of left field that I hadn’t considered. Since I’m painting the pieces, I could also use German heavy bombers and tac bombers that the Italians also used in the war to add additional choices.