I've got a half-orc bard along the lines of Genghis Khan, with Bastard Sword proficiency (wanted to use my stockpile of them). Figured THF and sometimes shield would play nice (though mostly just used 2 swords in lower levels - to hit was high enough, so she was a total bull crushing everything). But I've rarely run bards so not sure how to handle the enhancement pass. Before, I was going for the warchanter side, liked SS idea but had enough casters and wanted to hit things for a change :-)
I'm wondering if anyone's got suggestions here. 32-pt build, and Half-orc and Bastard Sword are in, for flavor and change of pace if nothing else. I'm currently Bard-3/Ftr-1/Barb-1 and I've got the LR+20 burning a hole in my pocket if need be. I doubt I'll hit 20 any time soon since she's not a main toon I run and I'm usually more of a heroic than epic kind of player, so not looking to rush to endgame and hover at the 25+ range.