Greg Gillespie over at Discourse and Dragons has created an awesome new online resource for old school referees. Called Meatshields!, it's a random hireling generator for use with your favorite old school fantasy RPG. The generator produces a list of potential hirelings, providing name, race, hit points, gender, and alignment, along with a brief background (like "street thug" or "aspires to knighthood"), notable features, and possessions/knowledge -- just enough detail for the referee to turn spear-carrier #23 into a unique individual rather than just a collection of game stats.
I absolutely love Meatshields! and wish I'd have had access to it when I started the Dwimmermount campaign. Now that the characters are all between 4th and 6th level, hirelings are becoming less common (though henchmen are still kicking about), so I doubt I'll get as much use out of this as I would have a year ago. Still, it's great to have it available should the need for quickly generating a bunch of hirelings arise again.