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.

Upcoming 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 are 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 details for each of them below!

Credit: Robert “TheChirurgeon” Jones

Warhammer 40,000 Grand Tournament

Spaces: 128
Points: 
2,000
Rounds: 
6
Tickets: Available from Eventbrite (on sale now!)
Rules pack: Here (updated 10/2/22)
Maps: Here (updated 14/5/22)
Event FAQ: Here (updated 14/5/22)

The second edition of the Goonhammer Open returns to Nottingham, and once again there’s 128 spaces available for players to battle it out for the Big Gold Belt! You can find all the event information above – make sure to check out the rules pack, maps (tbc), and event FAQ (tbc)!

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!

Event Sponsors

The Reclamation of Actaeon IV – Adeptus Titanicus Narrative Event

Spaces: 12 Loyalist, 12 Traitor (24 total)
Rounds: 
5
Tickets: Available from Eventbrite (on sale now!)
Rules pack: Here (updated 25/4/22)

Join us for the first Goonhammer Titanicus event at the Goonhammer Open UK in Nottingham. Declare for the Loyalists or Traitors and fight over 5 rounds, which each game can impact the next and the ultimate fate of Actaeon IV. This is not a competitive event, so take your wee big robots and get ready for some catastrophic meltdowns.

Event Sponsors

Goonhammer Open UK October 2022 – Nottingham

When: 29 and 30 October 2022
Where: Nottingham Girls’ School Sports Hall, 9 Arboretum Street, Nottingham, NG1 4JB
Spaces: 128
Points: 
2,000
Rounds: 
6
Tickets: Available from Eventbrite (on sale now!)
Rules pack: Here (tbc)
Maps: Here (tbc)
Event FAQ: Here (tbc)

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 – we’ll have the details up in a few weeks, once tickets start to go on sale in March.

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 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
Points: 
2,000
Rounds: 
6

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:

Gaming

Overall

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

Best in Bracket

5 Wins: Martyn Cooper
4 Wins: Christopher Radford
3 Wins: Peter Dunlea
2 Wins: Lyle Torok
1 Win: Jim Shacklock

Most Determined Player: Craig Spiers

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

Painting

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: