I know I am probably not contirbuting much to what you want advice wise. However, I can tell you that while yes Paladin may be a bit easier of a tank to heal and take damage, Warrior is still viable. My FC has a main tank who is a WAR and we run him through coil / titan you name it without a problem. Would it be easier if he was a paladin? Yes probably, but we still do it. Do not let all the negative stigma get you down. You can certainly complete all the content with a geared WAR.