I have been making and re-making characters recently, trying to come up with an idea for a self-sufficient plate-wearing class.
I currently have a level 20 THF barbarian frenzied berserker, but I am always quite disappointed with the lack of self-sufficiency in the build. In challenge missions or ares in which I need to solo something, I just can't cut it. It seems that the most builds take evasion and some form of self-healing (UMD or dilettante for example). Evasion requires light armor or robes/outfits to take effect. UMD is hard to get to heal scroll-using numbers without taking bard or rogue. Half-elves just look terrible to me; in my opinion the person who modeled them does not have a good grasp of facial anatomy.
Is there some way to perhaps make a paladin work out because of their innate ability to use divine spells? I am not sure if paladins can use heal scrolls to keep themselves going.
Or am I just playing my barbarian incorrectly?