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A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« on: 22 April, 2009, 07:27:51 AM »
Now this is something I've been wondering since I first saw this image way, way back for the first time. It's from the Rogue Trooper story where bagman gets hit and goes a little la-la. The panel shows him un-packing the contents of his bag and while I can work out what the items are one has flummuxed me from the start.
It's labeled as 'Atmo-Keak' and I've marked it on the image below for reference.

What is it? What does it do? Help!



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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #1 on: 22 April, 2009, 07:53:46 AM »
Given Gerry Finley-Day's legendary typing skills, it could be a spelling mistake that nobody could interpret.

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #2 on: 22 April, 2009, 08:36:24 AM »
It could be laughing gas.

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #3 on: 22 April, 2009, 08:52:07 AM »
Keak is also a scottish/Ulster-scots/Northern Irish word for shit (may also be spelt keke?). So, ATMO-KEAK might be an inside joke.

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #4 on: 22 April, 2009, 11:01:41 AM »
Some good suggestions there which I had not thought of.

Thanks!

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #5 on: 22 April, 2009, 12:05:25 PM »
Definitely looks like a grenade.

(or a potion of invisibility)
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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #6 on: 22 April, 2009, 12:25:34 PM »
Quote from: "pauljholden"
Keak is also a scottish/Ulster-scots/Northern Irish word for shit (may also be spelt keke?). So, ATMO-KEAK might be an inside joke.

We pronounce it "keech" over here with the "ch" pronounced the way it is in "loch".

"Keek" on the other hand means much the same as "peek", which would suggest some kind of surveillance equipment. It does look more like some kind of grenade though, so I think Wake's suggestion is the most likely.

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #7 on: 22 April, 2009, 05:30:59 PM »
Still no closer to working out what it is *sigh*.
I've tried looking through the equipment lists that WW2 G.I.'s used to carry as it's fairly likely that some of the items are being 're-used', the most obvious being the 'Gamma/Gammon' grenade:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gammon_bomb

Oh well, maybe one day I will find out. Or not.

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #8 on: 22 April, 2009, 06:17:20 PM »
Okay, here's my take.

Atmo is an abreviation for atmosphere.

It's obviously a grenade of some variety.

Keak is a mistake - it should be Leak

The atmosphere on Nu-Earth is lethal.

So, an Atmo Leak grenade is specifically designed to burst, puncture or crack defenses against the toxic atmosphere, whether they be walls, bubbles or tanks.


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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #9 on: 22 April, 2009, 06:28:10 PM »
Sounds plausible. Certainly seems to be a gas grenade of some description, but as Wake showed via the link he posted, (click on that blue writing), "keak" is an old word meaning "laugh", so if it's not a spelling mistake, it's laughing gas.

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #10 on: 22 April, 2009, 06:28:45 PM »
If it is a typo, could possibly be atmo-seal, a hand-held tool for emergency patching of suits, domes or bubbles?

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #11 on: 22 April, 2009, 06:30:09 PM »
As I remember the words 'Atmo-Keak' are also on the handle of what-ever-it-is (just visible in the image above).
I'm now tending to go with it being an 'in-joke' as first option, a spelling mistake second.

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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #12 on: 22 April, 2009, 06:46:31 PM »
Quote from: "Bouwel"
As I remember the words 'Atmo-Keak' are also on the handle of what-ever-it-is (just visible in the image above).
I'm now tending to go with it being an 'in-joke' as first option, a spelling mistake second.

Bugger, I've just looked at the original and it does clearly say keak. However, Ewins could just have drawn on what was written for the text box... and if the writing on the original script was poor...

...but yeah, atmo keak/aughing gas sounds like a likely gag and the sort of thing we might have seen used in Rogue Trooper.


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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #13 on: 22 April, 2009, 06:59:24 PM »
I don't think it looks like a grenade so much as some sort of mouthpiece/inhaler.
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Re: A Rogue Trooper question for the Hivemind
« Reply #14 on: 23 April, 2009, 08:26:38 AM »
I'd go with gas, its not an inhaler why would Rogue need a gas mask etc
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