I asked in a stream a while back how footmen would decide between a one-hander with a shield, or a two-hander and Tom wasn’t sure how they were going to handle that yet.
Anyway, just a random thought I had, although I’m sure @tom or @sdee have thought of it already, but why not just have the ability to click onto the shield hand/shield box on my footman’s character sheet? One click puts a red X through it and another click clears it. If I have set the X it means that footman wont use a shield, and will take the highest iLevel weapon they can find (one or two handed, although two-handed weapons probably tend to have higher iLevel values). If there is no X, then he will pick up the best one-handed weapon and the best shield he can find.
Seems pretty simple. And you could even offer that option at the party level (which would override individual settings for people in that party) so you can designate a whole party to use one- or two-handers.
Makes sense? Stupid? Good idea/Bad idea?