Jon Mollison, at The Joy of Wargaming, cut a video about the Fighter and his ability to use leading troops as an undocumented class ability in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition.
The video is in support of his recent blog posts on this topic.
Take note of the citations; you can see for yourself where he's getting this from. This is not making stuff up out of nowhere; this is using the rules as-written to make this happen.
Not mentioned in the video, but in the rules, that this also generates: attacks in melee are randomly assigned, so you leading a bunch of hirelings means that the odds of you getting hit drop significantly (and increases the value of Area Of Effect attacks accordingly). Furthermore, Rangers and Paladins can also act as Serjeants, Lieutenants, and Captains as they are sub-classes of Fighters; they may not be able to build an army incrementally from 1st level, but they can step into command roles like a Fighter can.
Good to see that others are picking up what I put down.
On a related note, Jeffro has a new publication out. You can find it here.
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