As an informativo post,i succesfully main tanked in a level 41 pt in altepa on beetles as war/dnc.We had a dual boxer but only cured me once in a while.
Given that i have some enmity merits and shield merits i had little problems keeping hate and surviving,actually it was like playing PLD without having to worry about MP.
My setup was:
Sub:Light Buckler(Size 1 +something shield skill,Size 2 would have been better but some genius were overly overpricing strike shield)
Head,Hands,Feets:Iron Musketeer for the defense,since for DD i use different gear with less to no defense)
Everything else was pretty much DD oriented like every other DD.
Ranged and Ammo was : Power Crossbow + Acid Bolts and Bloody bolts.
Usually i'd try to acid bolt the beetle a few times,bloody bolts a few times to get some HP back(Iron musketeer gives some Ranged accuracy which is not bad for bloody bolting).
All around the first fight is a bit hard because you start with 0 TP.
It won't take long to make TP if you gear with accuracy gear where you can,even with meat i still had enough tp to keep pulling(and i usually try to gear always for accuracy to eat Meat).
Key skills:Shield is a must,since it's natively low rated for war,due to our low shield skill size 3 shields are just bad,i'd go with a size 2 for best results(i had a size 1 and i think size 2 just is the best for war).
Mob was hitting me for 50-80 hit so 1 waltz was barely enough to recover HP lost.TP was getting up quickly so what i did was trade 10 tp for quickstep and THEN i'd land acid bolts or/and blood bolts(30 resisted drain,60 clean drain)cause with quickstep i'd lower evasion,so i thought that my bad rated marksmanship skill could be used effectively only after quickstep.
3 Levels acquired in 1 afternoon.
Would have been less without PL of course,idk how it would have been with a size 2 shield.
Anyway I was amazed at the performance of war/dnc.Even though i proposed it i would have never thought it would work so well,i lost hate sometimes but i think that's normal,nothing i would worry about anyway.
I wouldn't suggest using it for later levels until Curing waltz II is available.
Best range to use it would be 30-51 60+ but cannot say for sure.
Oh...pt setup was:
RDM/THF(he forgot to change sub,later he hped and changed sub)
BLM/something or SCH/something...he/she was nuking.
It's just an informative post to bring another experience as war/dnc