It's my second char, after a pure mage. It's supposed to be a one-handed/archer sneak attacker with Light Armor.
The build so far:
Race: Breton (for magic defense)
Level: ~18 (below 20, cant check right now)
Archery: 53, Overdraw 3
Sneak: 48, Stealth 3, Backstab, Deadly Aim
One-Handed: ~25-30, Armsman 2
The rest of the perks are in Alchemy and Speech for making money, to pay for level-up trainings. First I leveled Archery with Faendal to 50, then I got Alchemy to 50 for money and poisons. Next I want to get Athis as follower for free One-Handed training. I always prefer combat perks as they become available over money-making perks.
Equipment: Imperial/Elven Light Armor, Dwarven Bow/Arrows, no Enchantments so far.
Now the problem is, some enemies go down with 1, at most 2 sneak attack arrows. But there are many regular mobs (not to mention bosses) who have so insanely much health and/or armor, they can easily eat 10 sneak arrows, making for a very slow and tedious game. Additionally, one little mistake and it's reload time, since I cannot really stand against such opponents in open combat, even if they are already half-dead.
Coming from my level 40+ destruction mage who can obliterate most anything with one or two dual-casts at the second-highest difficulty level (first char) and who is practically immune to magic, I am very disappointed so far. I even had to turn down the difficulty to normal, with little effect.
So, what am I doing wrong, or is a sneak attacker always that weak around this level? What area do I have to improve most to one-shot most targets? Or do I have to start over with a new race and build?