Maintaining aggro on multiple mobs at lower levels
I've had a level 41 pally sitting around for a while and this weekend thought I'd give him another try speccing full down the prot tree (or as far as i could get with the points I had at my disposal). I hadn't really tanked with him since the very early 20's when the random dungeon finder was putting me into softer instances and tanking, killing, surviving was easy.
So on the weekend, I started queuing as a tank again. First dungeon, was the scarlet monestery. It went ok, besides the one d!ckhead rogue in the group who kept wanting me to 'pull faster' even though the mobs weren't exactly dropping like flies. The rogue kept crapping on so I ended up bailing on the group before the end. Maybe not a mature option, but then I'm playing a game for fun, not to be ragged on constantly by an idiot that was struggling to pull the same dps as the tank.
Later on I end up in Maraudon, this time though I'm the lowest level character in the group. Think there was a 46 mage and a boomkin or something. Start pulling those tree things, then the priest who's healing starts whining to pull faster. First multiple mob I end up dead. Next mob of four the mage starts dropping blizzard at the same time as I pull. Aggro is all over the place, then I'm getting told off for not holding agro. I mark the targets, go through a kill order, ask them to single target in that order, at least till I have the group. I'm told 'that's boring' blizzard starts up again, mobs run off. Another wipe. I then get told pallys are supposed to pull big groups. Now I'm sure this is partly true, but when you are in an instance where the dps are all 4-5 levels higher than the tank, and only have 0.01 secs to build threat, plus limited options with which to build aggro on multiple mobs, its a little difficult.
I guess my question is, beside consecration, as a lower level paladin, how do you go about maintaining aggro on larger groups, particularly if your PUG isn't concerned about kill order or letting you build any sort of threat?