The sling and sickle are, surprise surprise, useless. I personally go for improved armor and shield 90% of the time, but I can see how the sword is useful for newer players as the mace is not exactly newbie-friendly who cannot properly judge distance. I'd also give this class a default, short spear and get rid of that spear perk and replace it with something more useful, perhaps a better one-handed weapon that doesn't require me to trade my body armor for it.
I get that the default shield is mostly for Captain/Skirmish/Battle, though I feel like on TDM specifically, Looter might be a tad OP in that mode. On Peasant Levy, it isn't too egregious since he costs 90 in TDM and 80 in other modes but on the Rabble with his current balancing, I wonder if Looter in TDM should be replaced with something like Melee Expert.