In the past I used FOA+5 and Crom Faeyr for the damage but the free action from FOA is limiting and Minsc has lower hit points than my other front liners so he seems to struggle more with SCS on insane difficulty. I could just not upgrade FOA to +5 but I was thinking maybe I should use Foebane or the Defender of Easthaven instead of FOA and keep CF for the strength bonus. He wouldn't have as much damage without FOA but improved haste would counter that so I am thinking I should choose something to replace FOA that might help Minsc be more tanky. Does this sound like a good line of thinking or am I off base?
My main character will be a FMT pure blood elf that dual wields since the last time I played as a FMT I used two handed swords with a half elf. I will be dual wielding scarlit ninjato with either Spectral Brand or Andgurvadal. I have not decided yet. Spectral Brand seems to have more passive abilities but with a pure elf Andgurvadal will have a +1 to hit and with the elf damage bonus it will have the same damage as spectral brand with a slight speed bonus and the strength being set at 22 is fine because my elf will not be able to go over 22 strength anyway. Then again the called shot and morty sword abilities from the spectral brand are cool too but I do have casting ability so I really don't need the morty sword though it would still be welcome.
What do you guys think? What are some of your favorite dual wielding combos and how you do you think Minsc should be dealt with when the difficulty is cranked all the way up? What would you do if your main character is dual wielding and so is minsc and you are playing insane SCS? I am set on using Minsc next time because I am going to use the canon party for my first SOD play through.