Hmm i usually butcher zombies in chainmail using daggers to get their armor early on. My mercs may not like the stench but they appreciate the protection ;)
"I am a Paladin!"
>OMG, Malthus, there are no damn paladins in Battle Brothers...<
"OK, OK! Then I´m a wrecked down minstrel drunkard pretending to be a paladin, singing so wrong in the midst of battle that even the undead run in fear... Better?!"