The Goonhammer Open UK

The Goonhammer Open is Goonhammer’s own events brand; this page is for the UK edition, coming to a city near you!

We have a number of different events planned, so keep checking back to find out about new ones as they’re launched. We’ll also post results for each event here as well as galleries from the weekend showing off the games, Best Armies, and the prize winners.

Event Partners and Sponsors

The Goonhammer Open could not happen with support from our Event partners and sponsors. We’d like to thank each of them and encourage you to check them out!

Factorum make some of the nicest MDF terrain available on the market for any system and scale. Their terrain ensures that every game at the GHO will be a fair and nice looking one.


Element Games - Wargaming Webstore

Element Games is one of the biggest online retailers with 15-25% off RRP. 
Their support will ensure that every win is sweeter.

Battlebling make a wide variety of third party bits to help your models stand out on the tabletop.

If you can’t make Hellstorm Wargaming will be streaming games live during the event and will have VODs available afterwards.

Army Case make innovative magnetic storage solutions for your armies to keep your minis safe and other accessories 

Upcoming Events

Goonhammer Open UK October 2022 – Nottingham

When: 29 and 30 October 2022
Where: Nottingham Girls’ School Sports Hall, 9 Arboretum Street, Nottingham, NG1 4JB
Overall Coordinators: Scott White, James Grover, Liam Royle

After a successful launch for our dual-event format in May this year, we stepping things up in October – we’ll have another 40k major in one side of the hall, while narrative campaigns for Horus Heresy and Adeptus Titanicus will be decided in the other.  You can find the details for each event below; will you take to the battlefields of the 41st Millennium, or those of the Horus Heresy?

Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” Jones

Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament

Spaces: 128
Tickets: Available from Eventbrite (on sale now!)
Rules pack: Here (updated 1 June 2022)
Here (updated 14 Oct 2022)
Event FAQ:
Here (updated 17 Oct 2022)

We couldn’t just run one event this year, and after the May tournament we’ll be running another at the end of October. We’re looking forward to some Halloween Havoc, with another main event clash for the Big Gold Belt!

Once again, we’ll be supported by our friends at FactoruM/4ground, who provide us with all kinds of helpful logistical support and, importantly, the awesome terrain you’ll be playing across. Streaming will be provided by Hellstorm Wargaming, and we have a range of prize sponsors as below – we’re actively adding more, so check back to see the full range as we get closer to the weekend!

Adeptus Titanicus Narrative: The Harrowing of Tyras 

Spaces: 12 Loyalist, 12 Traitor (24 total)
Tickets: Available from Eventbrite
Rules pack: Here (Updated 15/10)
Campaign Roster: Here

Declare for the Loyalists or Traitors and fight over 5 rounds, where each game can impact the next and the ultimate fate of Tyras.

The kind folks at Battlebling will be sponsoring this event, with options to turn your God-Engines up to 11. Take your wee big robots and get ready for some catastrophic meltdowns.

Horus Heresy Narrative: The Siege of Vandia

Spaces: 8 Loyalist, 8 Traitor (16 total)
Tickets: Available from Eventbrite on August 11th at midday
Rules pack: Here (Updated 5/10)

The Hive World of Vandia, a vital recruiting hub for the armies of those loyal to the Emperor, is besieged by the heretics and usurpers. In this Warhammer: The Horus Heresy narrative event you’ll pledge your allegiance to the loyalists or traitors and clash over five battles to determine the fate of this valuable resource.


Notes for all events

Event refunds policy: refunds are available for individuals unable to attend until 1 month prior to the event. After this date no refunds will be issued (though ticket transfers are still allowed if a replacement player can be found). Refunds will be issued net of the non-refundable Eventbrite fee.

Privacy policy: we will be taking photos during the event for Goonhammer’s use. Please find our privacy policy here.

Past Events

Goonhammer Open UK May 2022 – Nottingham

When: 28 and 29 May, 2022
Where: Nottingham Girls’ School Sports Hall, 9 Arboretum Street, Nottingham, NG1 4JB

There were two different events to pick from at the May GHO UK, either a competitive Warhammer 40,000 GT or an Adeptus Titanicus narrative event, the Reclamation of Actaeon IV. You can find the results for each of them below!

Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament

Players: 96

The second Goonhammer Open UK saw 96 40k players battle it out; this time around Mani Cheema’s Asuryani were able to seize the belt, leapfrogging David Gaylard’s and Innes Wilson’s Tyranids on the way.

Click here to see the full event round-up

Our winners were:



1st: Mani Cheema (Asuryani)
2nd: David Gaylard (Tyranids)
3rd: Innes Wilson (Tyranids)

Best in Bracket

4 Wins: Josh Roberts (Harlequins)
3 Wins: Ed Watts (Drukhari)
2 Wins: John McGinty (Necrons)
1 Win: James Bagnall (Blood Angels)

Most Determined Player: Tim Barugh (Dark Angels)

Best in Faction

Space Marines: Chris Irvine (18th place, Blood Angels)
Imperium: Andy Salkeld (21st place, Adepta Sororitas)
Chaos: Richard Smith (15th place, Chaos)
Aeldari: Mani Cheema (1st place, Asuryani)
Hive Mind: David Gaylard (2nd place, Tyranids)
Orks: Matt Guenzel (53rd place, Orks)
Necrons: John McGinty (61st place, Necrons)
T’au Empire: Kyle Grundy (5th place, T’au Empire)


Best Army – Judges’ Choice – Dawid Szmyt, Imperial Knights
Best Army – Players’ Choice – Dennis Convery, Ynnari

The event was sponsored by an amazing group of people whose assistance and prize support was invaluable – thanks again to FactoruM/4Ground Publishing and Hellstorm Wargaming, as well as the staff at NGHS who went above and beyond to support the event.

You can find the overall standings on the ITC page here.

Round 1: Orks vs. Chaos Space Marines

Round 2: Tyranids vs. Chaos Knights

Round 3: Death Guard vs. Drukhari

Round 4: Craftworlds vs. T’au Empire

Round 5: Tyranids vs. Harlequins

Round 6: Tyranids vs. Tyranids

The Reclamation of Actaeon IV – Adeptus Titanicus Narrative Event

Players: 12 Loyalist, 12 Traitor (24 total)

The first ever Goonhammer Adeptus Titanicus event took place, with 24 Princeps battling it out to reclaim Actaeon IV through a storyline by Goonhammer’s Titanicus team, ably assisted by Remembrancer Toby Coe’s dramatic readings. In the end, the Traitors were able to take command of the planet, with the heretical Legios managing to win all but one round and drive the loyalists back to Terra with their god-engines’ tails between their legs!

Click here to see the full event round-up

Our winners* this weekend were:

Best Traitor Princeps: Toby Coe

Best Loyalist Princeps: Tom Stallard

Best Battlegroup: Peter Martin

Best Unit: James Cheesewright

*Anyone playing AT was winning this weekend

As well as those mentioned for the 40k event abovem we’d also like to extend a big thank you to BattleBling for providing our awesome prizes, as well as a free gift for all attendees.

Goonhammer Open UK 2021 – Nottingham

Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament

When: 23rd and 24th October, 2021
Where: Nottingham Girls’ School Sports Hall, 9 Arboretum Street, Nottingham, NG1 4JB
Players: 102

The inaugural Goonhammer Open UK saw 102 40k players assemble for a titanic clash in Nottingham, the home of Warhammer. After six gruelling rounds fought over battlefields built with Vanguard Tactics Terrain from 4ground Publishing, Mike Porter and his mixed Aeldari emerged as the champion, taking home the Big Gold Belt by a single battle point over second-placed finisher David Gaylard.

Click here to see the full event round-up

Our winners were:



1st: Mike Porter (Aeldari)
2nd: David Gaylard (Adeptus Mechanicus)
3rd: Martyn Cooper (Drukhari)

Best in Bracket

5 Wins: Martyn Cooper (Drukhari)
4 Wins: Christopher Radford (Space Wolves)
3 Wins: Peter Dunlea (Adepta Sororitas)
2 Wins: Lyle Torok (Adeptus Mechanicus)
1 Win: Jim Shacklock (Adepta Sororitas)

Most Determined Player: Craig Spiers (Deathwatch)

Best in Faction

Aeldari: Mike Porter
Adeptus Mechanicus: David Gaylard
Drukhari: Martyn Cooper
Adeptus Astartes: Konrad Bartkiewicz
Death Guard: Greg Chamberlain
Thousand Sons: Chris Tutill
Harlequins: Ben Allen
Imperial Knights: Jay Middlecote
Adepta Sororitas: Jonathan Clarke
Grey Knights: Andrew Bourbon
Orks: Tom May
Chaos Daemons: Josh Hill
Necrons: Daniel Grant
Imperium: Gareth Chambers
Chaos: Ben Wadsworth
Chaos Knights: Kevin Nicholls
Adeptus Custodes: Alex Fowler
Tyranids: Matt Palmer
Chaos Space Marines: Joe Coles
Astra Militarum: Mark Cawdrey
Tau: Kenneth Ward


We had two painting competitions – Best Army judged by the Goonhammer and FactoruM teams, and Best Single Miniature judged by Jay from Mohawk Miniatures. The winners were:

Best Army

1st place: Ben Allen – Harlequins
2nd place: Chris Tutill – Thousand Sons
3rd place: Mike Roberts – Flesh Tearers

Best Single Miniature

1st place: Ben Allen – Harlequin Skyweaver
2nd place: Josh Hill – Be’lakor
3rd place: Mike Roberts – Primaris Gabriel Seth

The event was sponsored by an amazing group of people whose assistance and prize support was invaluable – thanks again to FactoruM/4Ground Publishing and Vanguard Tactics, Hellstorm Wargaming, Mohawk Miniatures, Koyo, and Darkstar Molten Metals, as well as the staff at NGHS who went above and beyond to support the event.

You can find the overall standings on the ITC page here and the post-event round-up here. Jim Grover was on hand taking event photos which you can find here, and you can check out recordings of all the stream games from Hellstorm Wargaming below: