Returning player, but a lot has changed, so I get to bother you kind folks.
Bashing ease is my main concern. I won't have access to additional credits/lessons, so I won't have access to berkana or Runic Blades/armour, or Soulcage. Also, whichever I go, which specialisation would be best for a person like myself (creditless)? I intend to be investing in a month or so, assuming I stick around (hope I do). For that reason, I'm a bit biased towards two-handed, as an artefact warhammer or bastard sword is cheaper than an SoA + arte sword or 2 arte scimitar/maces.
tl;dr Runie v. Infernal. Ease of bashing with no monetary investment? Specialisation bashing ease v. cost?
That being said, sword and shield is awful at bashing, so 2h is probably your best bet.
I have no idea how Infernal/Runie compare in bashing. I'd guess that they're fairly comparable.