Ah the first and most badass artificer Ashley J. Williams.
Anyway ive been seeing some melee arti's popping up ever so few here and there. They did a pretty good job of being in the front lines to, though I think I'd probably beef up just a bit more with a past life.
Only problem is im trying to decide which I should go for. Should I go int based or str based? With int it's any any stat. I can use it for to hit or dmg mod. Str of course covers both. Though an arti like a horc can amass alot of int through enhancement. Even more with race enhancements.
As for the race that's a puzzler to. See a half elf is just awesome. You have the human stuff, as well as the elf dili which could be barb for an extra 20 hp plus 1 con, or a rog for the added SA (oh so sweet)
However then you have a robot. Arti's and robots, a match for the ages. But of course you give up a bit as well. And arti's are at no difficult means of being able to umd anything. So normally id say helf. But heres the thing. If what ive heard is what will happen, a robot will benefit from the racial pre of stelward. Now that's nothing to slouch at when the helf only gets AA. Add in the enhancements and it fits for a good melee.
I had also heard by word of mouth that a means of updating the trap feat of getting half from both ends could become 2 feats for 100% robot form. Making repairs a bit easier while holding what another race could give mainly bringing the attention to the humans and their choice of a pre.
Lots of if's, lots of uncertainty. I'd almost guarantee myself id have to tr just because of it come summer but I'd like to at least be somewhat on the right track. If only their was a way to reincarnate yourself as a different race while still holding levels...(hint hint brother turbine, ud make a killing off that one come summer time)
So what do yall think. What would the best and solid stat spread be for a melee arti? And which race. It will be a 34 point build. I'm not certain but I think that I would TR my barbarian into it for the past life. And of course he'll have whatever gear he needs waiting for him at lv 1 all the way up to an epic (I'm thinking chimera's fang as I have one lying around in ingredient form)