so, I suppose I should continue with what I have, and swap the scimitar for the long arming sword?
I think it is a real tossup. I liked the Balanced Long Arming Sword for a long time, but then I could not find one and was given a Balanced Elite Scimitar in loot, and I loved it. I miss the ability to stab, but I have arrows for that. The speed of the Scim is of more use.
My real love of the Balanced Elite Scim was the result of a serious mistake. I accidentally sent my whole army into retreat while fighting Khergits. By the time I figured it out they had all retreated off the map. In the end I took on about 50 Khergits single handed a good portion of them Lancers. I only had one bag of arrows which accounted for maybe 15 enemy. In the end it was just me and my Balanced Elite Scim, my shield went to a Lancers axe and loads of arrows. I took a lot of damage, but the ability to strike 1st and hard saved me. I had to finish off the last 5-6 on foot after losing my horse (ouch, my champion Charger was just a normal charge after he healed). In the end though I finished off the Khergits.
That 103 speed was just priceless. It makes high speed attacks so much easier.
I am also thinking of changing from my Warbow too, there is also something to be said for getting your shots off quicker. Learned this breaking someone out of a prison, faced a Sarr archer who got in a luck 1st shot, I kept tiring to get a hot off with my strong long bow, but could not. Finally had to shield up and charge him.