I tried tinkering with Character Builder a bit, but in the end I think that a minotaur serving as a front-line soldier during the Last War (I would totally play this guy in an Eberron campaign) made more sense than an artificer. I'm not saying it couldnt work, but I felt that it was cooler to have a minotaur charging into the fray instead of hanging back pegging creatures with a repeating crossbow.
The ability scores and racial features work with this a lot better, and I can always lump on artificer stuff through Multiclass feats or even using Hybrid rules. In the end this character works out well and is very functional, even when using artificer spells at later levels.
Tuska, level 1
Commanding Presence: Tactical Presence
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 18, Con 13, Dex 10, Int 16, Wis 8, Cha 13.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 16, Con 11, Dex 10, Int 16, Wis 8, Cha 13.
AC: 17 Fort: 15 Reflex: 14 Will: 12
HP: 25 Surges: 8 Surge Value: 6
Intimidate +6, Heal +4, Athletics +8, Endurance +7, Arcana +8
Acrobatics -1, Bluff +1, Diplomacy +1, Dungeoneering -1, History +3, Insight -1, Nature +1, Perception +1, Religion +3, Stealth -1, Streetwise +1, Thievery -1
Level 1: Student of Artifice
Warlord at-will 1: Inevitable Wave (swapped out for Magic Weapon as a houserule)
Warlord at-will 1: Opening Shove
Warlord encounter 1: Warlord's Favor
Warlord daily 1: Lead the Attack
Khopesh, Light Shield, Hide Armor, Adventurer's Kit