Goonhammer is a worker-owned collective featuring some of the Internet’s finest morons yelling about tiny plastic dolls. If you’d like to yell at us directly, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Editor in Chief, The Man of 1000 Factions
Inveterate plastic gatherer and vegetable botherer. Has never seen an army he didn’t like, except Tau. Currently playing mostly Drukhari but making eyes at Craftworlds and Harlequins, Corrode writes fewer articles than he claims he will and then reads everyone else’s to point out their errors. Pretends this is “editing” and not just being snidey. Bears a strong physical resemblance to the generic create-a-character, before you start creating. Also runs Black Heart Wargaming Events.
Games: 40k, Age of Sigmar, Blood Bowl, Adeptus Titanicus
Armies: Crimson Fists, Astra Militarum, Blood Angels, Adeptus Mechanicus, Imperial Knights, Drukhari, Craftworlds, Harlequins, Necrons, Daughters of Khaine (AoS), Dark Elves (BB), Legio Astorum (AT). There’s a definite Elf theme here
Black Heart: https://blackheartwargamingevents.wordpress.com
Content & Art Director. Chief Fanfiction writer/drawer. “Mastermind” behind Fast Times at Terrah High. Fun police’s most-wanted fugitive.
He’d be the brains of this operation, if this were a brains kind of operation. Does all the art for Goonhammer and handles content direction. Started 40k playing Night Lords back in 2nd edition and hasn’t really gotten off his bullshit since. Collects every type of Chaos Space Marine army and also some daemons. Got sick of just “playing” 40k a couple of years ago and decided he wanted to also devote a shitload of time to running campaigns. Runs the Astradus Campaign, which you can read about right here on Goonhammer dot com.
Games: 40k, Kill Team, Underworlds
Armies: Black Legion, Night Lords, Iron Warriors, World Eaters, Thousand Sons, Death Guard, Deathwatch, Space Marines, Chaos Knights, Chaos Daemons
Goonhammer Computer Janitor
Since we already have enough writers who “write about actual 40k content” and “know the rules”, Ol’ Greg mostly posts about being terrible at 40k (1-28 with his Dark Angels in 2019) and attempts to make jokes. We’d kick him off, but he’s the site admin, so he just re-enables his account every time we try. Greg is also the creator of Buttscri.be!
Armies: Dark Angels, Tau
Strategy Editor, Rulebook Devourer, Elf Enthusiast
Has technically been playing 40K for a long time, but took an extremely extended break playing/judging MTG and writing/running LARP events for most of his teens and 20s. Looked at 7th edition once and ran away screaming, but lured in by 8th ed’s sultry promises of “good game design” and “balance”, and has rapidly metamorphosed into a tournament grinder and self-declared master strategist. Frequently curses child One_Wing’s choice to paint his Eldar in Biel Tan colours.
Also referred to as “Wings” because typing underscores is hard.
Games: 40k, Kill Team
Armies: Craftworlds, Drukhari, Necrons, Dark Angels (look, early teenage One_Wing had a very particular aesthetic, this happened at around the same time he picked the screen name).
Contributor, 40k Fuccboi
Dan “Cha Boi” Boyd is an avid Necromunda and 40k player and a co-author for our weekly Necromunday feature with Jules “Merton” O’Hare. He also does an amazing podcast with his co-host, SRM, called the 40k Badcast.
Games: Necromunda, 40k, Blood Bowl
Armies: Raven Guard, Steel Legion, Grey Knights, Orlocks, Orks, Elves, Humans, Goblins
Author/Contributor, Lord Helmawr’s Personal Proof-Reader
Pathologically adverse to building un-converted models. Only mildly adverse to actually painting said converted models afterward. Walked away from 40k to focus exclusively on Necromunda, which is kind of like choosing to direct a production of West Side Story in the middle of the Fall of Cadia. Runs Necromunday with fellow Underhive enthusiast Dan Boyd. Painstakingly wired LEDs through an entire Necron army so they all light up before realizing they were a bad army and now refuses to do an Army Showcase on it.
Games: Necromunda, more Necromunda, 40k
Armies: Delaque, Necrons, Digganobs
Richy “richyp” P
Official Speed Painter, Goonhammer Founder, Grumpy Old Man and Admin Emeritus
Baharroth Blue, Baharroth Blue, Baharroth Blue, Iyanden Yellow, Baharroth Blue, Baharroth Blue, Baharroth Blue, Baharroth Blue, Baharroth Blue, Baharroth Blue
Armies: All (Except Tau obv.)
Beer: all of it (agreed internet dude)
Painter of Reds, Whites, and Yellows. Manager of the Editor-in-Chief.
– Booley you better write your own bio this time, I’m not doing a second one for you.
– Yes you are.
– Lol he absolutely will
Hi, I’m BenBooley, and welcome to Jackass. When I’m not speed-painting 40k-scale Titans in a week, I like to stunt on the entire internet with my Imperial Fists and Blood Angels. If you were already mad about my $8,000 photo set up, here’s the secret: the models still look better than yours even without the expensive camera. In conclusion, eat shit, and I’m buying a second Astraeus because my old one, which I will remind you is better than anything you’ve ever painted, is so ugly to me that I can’t abide playing it and I need a new one. Booley out.
Contributor, Titan Evangelist
Got started in the hobby with 3rd Edition 40k Chaos Space Marines, but fell out for a few years and finally returned shortly after the release of 8th Edition with slightly improved painting skill and a yearning for the good old days when GW would sell him tiny spaceships. Prefers playing the villains in sci-fi settings, which explains why he pivoted to Iron Hands. He’s a fan of strange rules interactions, big models, and even bigger guns. He also gets unreasonably excited about weird stuff like “manoeuvre values” and “firing arcs.” That explains his fascination with Adeptus Titanicus, and why he volunteered to write the Warlord Wednesdays column.
Games: 40k, Kill Team, Adeptus Titanicus
Armies: Iron Hands, Drukhari, Legio Vulpa
AoS Loonboss/Mortal Realms Correspondent
Age of Sigmar enthusiast, 40k enjoyer, specialty game dabbler. She started with 7th edition 40k and gravitated toward Age of Sigmar around 2017. Offered to write some Age of Sigmar content because hey nobody else was doing it. Really wants people to know that Age of Sigmar is actually a good game if you just gave it a chance!
Games: Age of Sigmar, 40k
Armies: Legions of Nagash, Disciples of Tzeentch, Thousand Sons, Craftworld Eldar
Investigative List Journalist, Warhog Correspondent, “Competitive Player,” The Undecided List Master, The King* of Daemonkin. Cancer Survivor.
He started with 6th edition 40k, realized playing only swords in a world of guns probably wasn’t the best choice and moved into a more lead filled world. Joined the Goonhammer team in 2019 to fill the marauding internet warrior slot nobody asked for. Is shown in a hoodie due to his strong aversion to direct sunlight and eye contact. Say hi to him whenever you can, he loves the attention.
Games: Warhammer 40k, Blood Bowl
Armies: Dark Eldar, Dark Angels, Harlequins, Tyranids, Chaos
Technically, Raf’s first brush with tabletop gaming was a Warhammer Fantasy Battles starter set he bought in college, painted, and never played because his friends made fun of him and he couldn’t make new ones. After years of playing board games and RPGs, he fell back into Games Workshop with the launch of 8th Edition 40k and now plays almost everything they make. Still has that starter set, and at least 2-3 new friends. Also co-hosts the Ding & Dent tabletop gaming podcast.
Games: Warhammer Underworlds, Warcry, Kill Team, Warhammer Quest, Age of Sigmar, 40k
Armies: Gloomspite Gitz, Idoneth Deepkin, Death Guard, Orks, Necrons (under protest), Unmade, and everything Underworlds for the rest of time.
“Primaris” Kevin Genson
Author/Contributor, Hammer of Math Author, Primaris Human
Been playing 40K since 2nd edition, back when everyone could bring a Vortex Grenade and you could murder an entire Imperial Guard army before Turn 1. Happy to see that GW has moderately improved balance since then. Spends more time thinking about army composition and mathhammer than actually playing. Moderately good — but extremely lazy — painter. Kevin is the primary author of the “Hammer of Math” regular series on Goonhammer, which updates every Monday.
Games: 40k, Apocalypse, Kill Team, Necromunda, Blood Bowl
Armies: Space Marines, Imperial Knights, Orks, Iron Warriors
Campbell mostly contributes to articles about painting since he doesn’t know much about anything else. The prettier half of the 40k Badcast, which he co-hosts with Dan.
Games: 40k, Necromunda, Age of Sigmar, Underworlds
Armies: Ultramarines, Black Templars, Ultramarines, Blood Axes, Ultramarines, Valhallans, Goliaths, Free Peoples
Unfortunately for Boon his 40k career started with a single 3rd edition Dark Reaper model that forever doomed him to an eternity of Eldar fandom. After taking a brief break in 7th edition, Boon has returned to playing competitive 40k where he slips into a shame spiral every time he puts a half-painted model on the table. You can find him on a mid-table misinterpreting secondary objective rules and probably debating some inane point into the ground.
Games: 40k, Blood Bowl, Battlefleet Gothic
Armies: Craftworld Eldar, Harlequins, Dark Eldar, Ynnari, Undead (BB), Vampires (BB), High Elves (BB), Eldar Corsairs (BFG), Craftworld Eldar (BFG)
Cyle “Naramyth” Thompson
Author/Contributor, Copy-Paste Maestro
Probably the most boring 40k player on the planet, he started playing back at the end of 5th edition and lucked into playing mechanized Guard which was The Hotness at the time, and has been stuck pining for the days of “dudes in transports” being good ever since. Can usually be seen playing some flavor of boring, efficient imperium list featuring dumb things like “good redundant shooting”, “several troop choices”, and “utility characters.” Is the practical half of the Gunum/Naramyth dynamic, who does not need hoods to hide from the life-giving sun. Can usually be found outside between rounds trying to absorb as much as sun as he can before returning to the wasteland that is North Dakota.
Armies: Those of the Blessed Emperor
Alfredo “bonds0097” Ramirez got into the hobby with 8th after lusting for space marines for well over a decade before taking the plunge. He gravitates mostly to the hobby side of things and likes to spend as much free time as possible painting models. Outside of painting, Alfredo greatly values the social and community aspects of the hobby and the friends he’s made along the way at great events like NOVA and Adepticon (where most of the year’s gaming happens). Afflicted with a lack of sense, Alfredo often jumps around from project to project and is often painting up a brand new army or game for the next big event.
Games: 40K, Kill Team, Adeptus Titanicus, Marvel Crisis Protocol
Armies: Ultramarines, Eldar, Legio Mortis
Shane’s a competitive 40k and Kill Team player who loves to play weird and janky stuff. Joined the Goonhammer team in late 2019. Also organizes tournaments for 40k and Kill Team, including the upcoming first ever U.S. Goonhammer Open event. Has at least a minimum force of every faction.
Games: 40k, Kill Team
Armies: YES. Most recently Red Scorpions but also Genestealer Cults and Adeptus Custodes
Charlie “[NICKNAME_NOT_FOUND.txt]” Anderton
If Charlie spent as much time actually playing the game as he spent thinking about it and painting tiny plastic dudes, he might actually be as competitive as he thinks he is. Starting with T’au in 7th edition and somehow losing most of his games with three Riptides shooting twice (yeah that was a thing), Charlie has recently dedicated the remainder of what’s left of his dignity and soul to all things Chaos. You can find him at the bottom tables trying to show the world how good his “super-different” and “totally-unique” lists perform.
Author/Contributor, Social Media Manager
Jay was introduced to the hobby the painful way, literally, by standing on a cousin’s Sauron miniature at a sleepover in the middle of the night. 16 years later and now their living space is more tiny plastic soldiers than anything else. Jay handles Goonhammer’s Social Media outreach and occasionally mashes out words about Slaanesh, the best Chaos God (don’t @ me).
Games: 40k, Age of Sigmar
Scott “Soggychips” White
Contributor, Hive Mind Infiltrator, and Titan Technician
After leaving the hobby with the advent of 8th edition Warhammer Fantasy, the 8th edition of Warhammer 40K saw his return. Since then he has discovered he is not smart enough to play GSC competitively and has moved over to Specialist Games for their more narrative experience. Is often found approaching strangers and trying to convince them to play Adeptus Titanicus.
Games: 40K, Adeptus Titanicus, Aeronautica Imperialis, Necromunda, Bloodbowl, Underworlds
Armies: Blood Ravens, Genestealer Cult, Legio Xestobiax and more
Contributor, Historicals Lead
Edwin started the hobby in the early 90s by buying a Genestealer Cult army just weeks before they were canned. He cemented his reputation for making terrible decisions about games by making them himself professionally. This ensures he will always be the worst at everything he plays, especially the games he’s designed.
He’s mostly worked in board games and RPGs, but is muttering a lot about skirmish wargaming these days. Like all people in the games industry he’s flat broke, probably not helped by the embarrassing number of jobs he takes where he accepts miniatures as payment.
For Games Workshop products he plays Flesheater Courts, most of the specialist games, and occasionally remembers he technically owns some 40k armies. He’s Goonhammer’s resident dadgamer, and will distract sensible competitive players with muscular Vikings and very very small Romans if you let him.
Games: All of them
Armies: The tinier the better
Author/Contributor, Ruleshammer guru
Started around 2005 and like most began with a small less than 500 point Space Marines army painted suspiciously Ultramarine blue, before selling that after a few months for Tau. Attracted by both the art style, the advanced technological focus and not needing to understand 5th edition’s combat rules further than “if they touch your stuff it dies”. Rob now writes Ruleshaammer, after he felt the much appreciated and totally asked for diagrams he was making for Rules debates on Reddit needed a wider audience. He started collecting a Tyranid army for 8th under the guise that it’s his “wife’s army”; she still retains creative control and as a result they are Gold, Purple and Pink.
Armies: Tau and Tyranids
Daniel “Skails” Rodenberg
Author/Contributor, Midwestern painting hermit, Converting and Sculpting Enthusiast
He caught the warhammer bug after paging through the Warhammer Fantasy 4th Ed rulebook at the age of 12 and pledged his undying allegiance to Nagash. Is now coming back around to hobby projects started as a teenager and abandoned during college, while getting distracted by new ones.
Games: Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar
Armies: Undead/Legion of Nagash, Necrons, Imperial Guard, Excoriators Space Marines, Genestealer cults
Author, Heresy-Era Legionary
Alex is permanently stuck 10,000 years in the past, obsessed with the Horus Heresy era of games, books and models. A hobbyist of almost 20 years, he writes the Horus Heresy article series for the website, and collects a range of Loyalist and Traitor forces as he does so. Recently he’s got into 3D printing in a big way, to the despair of his wife, who now has to put up with him actually creating new models to clutter the place up with. He has been known to occasionally buy Primaris Marines, but does so after dark in disguise.
When he isn’t hobbying, he’s a literal rules lawyer, and is the “forever-DM” in his Dungeons & Dragons group. Just don’t ask his opinions on the end of Game of Thrones.
Games: Horus Heresy, Adeptus Titanicus, Battlefleet Gothic
Armies: Imperial Fists Legion (“The Mountainfire Company”), Salamanders Legion (“Geryon Deep Retribution Fleet”), Solar Auxilia (707th Cohort, “The Enginewards”), Daemons of the Ruinstorm (“Heralds of the Eightfold Path”), Legio Atarus (“Battlegroup Halcyon Days”)
Jon arrived at Goonhammer through the painful process of “losing to Cyle in a big important game, but doing well enough with 8th edition Space Wolves that everyone was more interested in Jon’s list than how Cyle won a GT.” Since that first fateful interview, Jon’s been helping write content that pisses off the majority of Space Wolves players in 40k and he’s single-handedly been responsible for 50% of all Impulsor sales.
Games: Warhammer 40k, Guild Ball
Armies: Space Wolves, Impulsors
Sean “Star Man” Matoon
The lead writer of Hitting the Stacks. Star Man has been playing Magic since the release of Shards of Alara in 2008. He developed a taste for competitive play while playing Pokémon TCG in middle school and Score’s Dragon Ball Z CCG in high school. He’s not sure if he’s a writer with a Magic problem or a Magic player with a writing problem, but he’s excited to be here. Star Man’s also been trying to pick up Warhammer 40K since 2012 and will one day have enough of a Salamanders army to get started with.
Games: Magic: the Gathering, retrogaming
Colors: Blue, green, white, but enjoys playing anything as long as it’s not combo
B “Pseudanonymous” Phillip York
Author/Contributor, Covers the Commander Beat for Magic: The Gathering
Got into Magic with the release of Alpha, successfully trading a Mint/Near Mint alpha Black Lotus for 4 giant growths and 2 Craw Wurms (those were Alpha too, at least) has been in and out of Magic 3 times, gone through a number of full dual land sets, is a former level 2 judge and Wizards of the Coast Employee, and formerly “serious” but actually pretty serious because sponsored by a game store, competitive player. Thought he’d kicked the habit for good but was lesser pressured (they were in no way peers) into picking up Commander, and ended up with a variety of decks and now covers Commander and Arena and Magic in General. Also a speculative fiction writer, with his own website at https://BPhillipYork.com.
Dan “FromTheShire” Gates
Dan “FromTheShire” Gates started playing Magic during Revised with a “charitable” donation from a friend who had no idea how much money he had just cost him in the long run. He tapered off around the end of the Weatherlight Saga in Apocalypse in 2001, before eventually returning to the the game for Theros in 2013. Since then he’s amassed decks across Legacy, Modern, and Pioneer, as well as a truly upsetting number of EDH decks. Strengths include getting carried away with Suicide Black and killing himself, and cutting dozens of future EDH deck lists down to 105 cards. He currently can only be found on Discord as he never used MTGO and is only just learning Arena
Games: Warhammer 40k, Magic the Gathering
Armies: Blood Angels
Co-author of Necromunday and creator of the MAN WOLFS Orlocks gang, which can be seen shredding up the rails of the underhive in search of secret tapes.
Games: Necromunda, 40k, Warcry, Blood Bowl
Here to chew bubblegum and drone on about wargames tactics, and fresh out of bubblegum. Genghis is a keen converter and a mediocre painter. Having started wargaming with 40k when a teenager, he still dabbles occasionally but mostly plays Necromunda in a casual, narrative group and plays Infinity competitively at tournaments across the UK.
Games: Necromunda, Infinity, Warhammer 40k
Armies: Orlocks, Nomads (Corregidor), Imperial Guard, Eldar