Quote Originally Posted by Dusk Eclipse View Post
Also I suggest the fighter dip, since most gishy prestige classes require proficiency with all weapons (including ranged) and/or proficiency with all armour types, on the same vein I discourage Barbarian since it's key feature (rage) doesn't mesh at all with casting
Not entirely- Raging prevents you from casting a spell while raging, but it doesn't stop you from benefiting from something you cast *before* you rage.. which works fine with the sorts of buff spells and Swift-action boosters that are the staples of gishy combat tactics already. And the WhirlPounce Barbarian level is a standard of melee optimization that always has to be considered.