I whipped off a few sketches in marker for this neato Random Hireling Generator. Whether or not you play D&D, you should play around with it – it’s fun.
This generator is intended for introductory level play using the OD&D, Basic, or 1E gamesystems and their retroclones.
The party may attempt to recruit hirelings/henchmen once per day, by buying drinks at the local tavern, paying for posted notices, and distributing sword-for-hire pamphlets. This costs a base of 5gp.
They may also enlist the services of a town crier, increasing the total cost to 10gp.