I have used a dragon to eliminate opponent's homebase!

Not too bad for both sides yet. The gold general seems to be very useful here.

In Shogi, material is not as much important as in chess, as the material can always be reintroduced into the game.

A huge plus for you is that you already have a dragon on the board. The next step should be to try and get your pieces in hand involved in the game and attack the enemy king.

This post comes from an absolute beginner. I'd appreciate any corrections you find in my reasoning.

You can't post in the forums yet. Play some games!