Chainmail Bikini Bonus: The More Things Change…

By Shamus Posted Monday Apr 12, 2010

Filed under: Projects 48 comments


This is it. The last Chainmail Bikini strip, ever.


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48 thoughts on “Chainmail Bikini Bonus: The More Things Change…

  1. MogTm says:

    Having Josh play WoW in the background is a nice touch — if he were distracted enough not to kill everything before the other PCs could move, he might even be fun to game with.

  2. Shawn says:

    I figured it was a fun extrapolation from the very first CB, where Josh is playing some sort of handheld device.

  3. AlmightyShmun says:

    Farewell, Chainmail Bikini. You will be missed.

  4. Kdansky says:

    Awesome art, I have to say.

  5. Chris says:

    If memory serves me right the last words uttered in DS9 were also, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

  6. Zukhramm says:

    Josh and Chuck(? I can’t rember those names anymore) probably did not change shirts at allfor a year.

  7. Factoid says:

    Sad for no “gnome paladin” joke…but a fitting end nonetheless

  8. Meredith says:

    I commented on the comic, but I’ll say it here as well: This was the perfect end for CB. I love the idea that they’ll just stay on this cycle of dysfunctional games forever, but never quite be able to break up the group.

  9. rofltehcat says:

    Damn you, now I want a Red Dwarf shirt :( (damn you, product-placement ads!)
    It fits… I think I’m starting to develop my own gravity field O.o

    Loving the comic… now make more :P

  10. Ravens Cry says:

    The comic now ends,
    A fitting way to begin,
    Joys of memory

    Thank you Shamus and Shawn. A fitting memorial to a beloved comic.
    Live long and prosper.

  11. Nostromo says:

    The comic ends, but the game goes on forever.

  12. RTBones says:

    It was a comic, all in all, take it for what you will. We shall not look upon its like again.

  13. Hal says:

    Ah, well. ‘Twas fun while it lasted.

  14. Captain Kail says:

    Couldn’t have done a more fitting ending. This was worth the wait, thank you Shawn and Shamus!

  15. wtrmute says:

    I must say, Vampire Chuck is DA BOMB. You’ve outdone yourself, Shawn.

    Congrats on the comic.

  16. krellen says:

    Man, closure feels good. Really needed something good today; thanks Shawn and Shamus.

  17. Galad says:

    Would someone be so kind as to link me to the first Chainmail Bikini strip ever, I felt like reading them a while back but was confused about where they start?

    1. Jabor says:

      If I had to guess, I’d say you might be able to find it by clicking the “<< First” link.

  18. Mari says:

    It was a perfect ending. I’m sad to see CB go. It was a rare combination of exceptional art and extraordinary writing. Still, better to die at the top of your game, I suppose, than in a smoldering pile of festering despair and fetid ignominy. Kudos again, gents.

  19. Rutskarn says:

    I’m glad that you guys did this. It sounds neurotic, because the comic ended, but it’s nice to know that things worked out for the group. They finished up, then did another one, and another one. It’s still a bit of a letdown that things didn’t go well for the comic, but at least things went well for the players.

  20. Jeff says:

    I’m really confused. Didn’t CB end like a year ago?

    1. PAL2000 says:

      It did, but Shamus and Shawn promised a new bonus strip when they started reposting them after the originals were removed.

  21. Jarenth says:

    This time for real then, the end of an era. I think no-one expected a final comic of this magnitude, but it was certainly worth the wait.

    Thanks for all the chuckles.

  22. The Rocketeer says:

    And so the group ends their run, but lives on in our hearts.

    Especially Chuck.

    I wonder what their ‘Call of Cthulhu’ group would look like. Imagine what Josh would play as in that group!

    (I can’t believe I didn’t make a ‘Chainmail Bikini Forever’ joke.)

  23. Shawn says:

    Thanks guys. Glad you’re all enjoying it.

    I really did want to send these characters off in to perpetuity, playing terrible, terrible games happily ever after.

  24. Studoku says:

    Great comic.

    I love the idea of a Twilight campaign. Killing sparkly vampires would be so much fun.

  25. Stuart Friedberg says:

    Erm, is “one month ago” Clockworks at I just ran across Clockworks for the first time today and the similarities were … striking.

    1. Shamus says:

      Yes. Clockworks is Shawn’s other comic.

  26. Bryce says:

    The funny thing was at first glance I thought the Vampire campaign was a Call of Cthulhu game and Casey was playing a Lovecraftian ghoul.

    …and for some reason imagining Josh finding a way to create a dual-wielding, insanity-immune Munchkin in CoC is so genre-destroying that I have to see it.


    “Josh…Did…Did you just punch out Cthulhu?”

    1. Avilan says:

      Yes, I would almost be prepared to pay to see that.

      “I think we broke the DM. Again. And look, Cthulhu’s crying too!”

      1. Mari says:

        That is the sweetest punchline for an imaginary comic ever. Shamus better watch out! ;-)

    2. krellen says:

      That happened in the last game of Arkham Horror my board game group played. Though we actually killed Cthulhu with a flamethrower, not a punch.

  27. Greg from St Paul says:

    The all Jedi group is hilarious.

  28. Passerby says:

    Can someone tell me what they are playing, frame by frame?

    1. Michael says:

      Star Wars D20 (probably)
      Vampire (The Masquerade or the new one, either one’s possible)
      As for the last one? I’m not sure, but I think it’s a nod to Shawn’s other comic, Clockworks.

      1. Passerby says:

        Ah thanks! I thought the one where they hunted vampires could be White Wolf’s other game, Hunter: the Reckoning, or its latest version.

        1. Shawn says:

          Vampire the Requiem. Because I’m a big enough WW dork, I even made sure the characters were accurate.

          Casey’s a Nosferatu.
          Ivy’s a Mekhet.
          Chuck is a Ventrue.
          Josh is a Gangrel.

          I like the idea that Marcus’s Vampire game would be the wankiest combination of Interview With A Vampire and Twilight, some sort of horribly pretentious melodramafest, where clearly the Daeva are in charge (and sparkle), and our heroes instead ran around murdering all of the shiny vampires.

        2. Michael says:

          The new one, Hunter: The Vigil is really more in line with the old Hunter: Hunted supplements, from what I’ve seen. (Particularly Project: Twilight and The Arcanum)

          As far as I know the Imbued are gone for good.

  29. LOLdependent says:

    That was the best one!I enjoyed seeing the characters in all of those poses, as vampires, d&d characters and…whatever was that made Josh (I think) to say that it was ridiculous even for him (a cyborg werewolf zombie alien with perfectly equilibrated stats???).

  30. Ambience 327 says:

    I’m trying to read the whole thing through from the beginning, but the comic images die out between #41 and #43…

  31. Shawn says:

    Ambience 327 – I think they died during this last weekend’s hosting issues. I have internets at home again, and will get the images back up asap.

    1. Shawn says:

      Fixed. Everything in the archives should be working now.

  32. glassdirigible says:

    48 and 49 are not showing up.

      1. glassdirigible says:

        Thank you very much, sir.

  33. Corylea says:

    When I went to click on the comic, I got this:

    “Reported Attack Page!

    This web page at has been reported as an attack page and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

    Attack pages try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.

    Some attack pages intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.”

  34. Hey Shamus i’ve only recently discovered your blog and read through bout every thing you’ve posted (I discoverd it through The e
    Escapist and “Shamus Plays LOTR online” and LULZY (and her desperate quest for some strange shiny discs? to buy something called “clothes”???).

    But anyway i cant get to “Chainmail Bikini” as its domain (I think it said?) no longer exists.Anything you could do or show to me that could help me acssess this (Did i spell acssess right???).

    AND, could yo tell me where and how the sight tells me when you’ve done something new because your blog is the only one i have ever read on this sight and i do not know the sights layout so yeah, apreciate any help you could give me!

    = D

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