My DM is still allowing gestalts but doesn't want any gish types. I understand this limits us, but if we pick a melee class he'd like both sides of the gestalt to be such. If we pick a caster, both sides are types of caster. Prestige classes same deal. Despite the limits he has opened up some new and possibly very fun options. We ARE ALLOWED to level two PRC's simultaneously in the gestalt build.
I am playing a DM created sub-race called Ironbeard Dwarves which the DM pitched the idea of to me and I was sold immediately. If you have seen the movie 300, think of the spartan society and upbringing, then apply it to a dwarf! The abilities are:
* +2 natural armor
* Stats: -2 chr, +4 con, +2 str (on top of regular dwarf stat line, so -4 chr, +6 con, +2 str)
* Warcry: +1 to att and dmg once per day 2d4 rounds
* Son of Iron - ironbeard dwarf may use fort in liew of reflex or will once per day.
* May use str as intimidation check
My stat line ended as: 20 STR, 16 DEX, 24 CON, 14 INT, 12 WIS, 8 CHR
So heres the challenge. I Intend Warblade to be the starting class, not necessary to take to level 20 however, especially since dual PRC's are allowed. I was thinking the other half to start as fighter for some much needed feats. I intend to stay fully melee with this character. No casting at all please. Something like battlesmith may be considered but the character will shun ANY type of casting.
My partner this time is playing a Barbarian/?? with the intent of PRC'ing into Bear Warrior, Frienzied Berserker or perhaps both I'm unsure. So we definately are lacking some things but the DM ensures he will not tailor encounters to exploit our weeknesses, but rather to put our strengths to the ultimate test as well as our ingenuity. My compantion will definately be able to put out some hefty numbers and I'm always a sucker for big numbers myself but could be convinced to go tanky with this. I am debating right now between 3 different styles of combat. Axe/shield, 2 weapon, or minotaur great hammer(already cleared and allowed). The character begins play with nothing. He is sent out with a dagger to prove his worth much akin to the spartan being sent out in the movie 300.
So the big questions I am looking for advice. How would you build a STRICTLY melee (although something like Battlesmith might sneak in) level 20 Dwarf starting with a Warblade base? Not necessary to include feat choices, although feel free to offer that advice if you feel like committing the time! Primarily looking for choices of PRC, if any and base classes in the build. I've been tossing around a LOT of ideas and can't nail them down =(.