Good to have you back. At the moments tournaments seem to be based around a book. I think some will restrict the use of army variants which are out of period. Some of the Dark Age lists bleed through to the Medieval period or could be used in earlier supplements.
At the moment there don't appear to be any uber armies. So at the tournament in March Steve who won with his Early Saxon's had relatively little shooting if any. (I didn't get to play it.) Wayne who came second with Japanese had a shed load of bow fire. Steve used his skirmishers skillfully to force Wayne to direct all his fire on to subsidiary units so that his main warbands could arrive relatively unscathed.
I used Anglo Danes with shieldwall, which was a slow press to squeeze the space and some of my opponents. They came third without any shooting to speak of. Very effective when they get into hand to hand, but getting there is the trick.
There is a real danger that if you rely on one troop type that if something goes wrong it goes very wrong! So my Anglo Danes got trounced by some Welsh open order warband types and when they got on my flank I did not have the maneuverability to recover the situation.
Hope that helps,
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbW6hz ... vNfyvMi21w
has a walk through of how the game plays it will have to suffice until Martin gets his wizzy videos done.