[D&D 3.5] Artificer Iron Defender Questions
So I'm creating a level 13 Warforged Artificer for a tabletop 3.5 game and am not finding useful rules for creating an Iron Defender of proper level and effectiveness for the character. I also know that some of the people who play DDO also play tabletop D&D, so I'm hoping some kind person can assist me.
Ideally, I want the Iron Defender to do melee stuff while my Artificer stays back doing ranged stuff, healing, and general support. I'm not just looking for a set of stats for an appropriate Iron Defender, I'm also looking for the steps taken to create such, and the source material used...in case I have to point this out to my DM...and yes, he's going to let me use some of my Warforged's lifewood in place of blood for the creation of the homonculus...
Useful responses appreciated.