So I was toying around with the idea of spellsword type build but nothing seemed right to me. Then I got to thinking of the Eldritch Knight prestige class for wizards/sorcerers. I think something like this might be interesting for DDO. I have a few rough suggestions but would like some comment/feedback on how to make it work.
Eldritch Knight I
Level 6 arcane
Granted feats and abilities: Have begun martial training on top of your arcane training you have access to a select group of martial weapons. Select two from the list to become proficient in (the list being all martial weapons exotics excluded). Your training also increases you BAB by 2.
Eldrtich Knight II
Level 12 arcane
Granted feats and abilities: Your training has progressed. You may select and additional two martial weapons to become proficient in. You have also learend the art of casting in armor. Light and medium armor check penalties are reduced by 15%. This stacks with elven and warforged enhancements. Your BAB increases by another two for a total of 4.
Eldritch Knight III
Level 18 arcane
Granted feats and abilites: Your training is complete. You gain the weapon specilzation feat in one of your chosen weapons or you may choose to become proficient in a exotic weapon. You have mastered the art of casting in armor there are no penalites for light armor and medium armor is reduced another 5%. Heavy armor has its penalty reduced by 15%. Your totlal BAB increase is now 6.
Its a rough draft and I haven't thought of pre-reqs other then the basic level requirement. Any comments or suggestions are welcome. Heck flame me if you want I don't mind
Edit" by my calculations the BAB increase should put level 20 at a BAB of 16 on par with other combat but not meelee classes (ie cleric/FvS/rogue/bard)