Matt, many thanks for your response! And I really appreciate that we can get an asnwer from a Mantic representative here.
Wow, I like the update of the Salamander Veteran ability, looks great!
Though, I am still confused by your answer to my first two questions. OK, the range effects on the boosted LB gets no Marksman and Piercing. But is it 3d8 (Marksman, Piercing) on the target plus the area effect on all models (including target) or just an area effect (2", 2d8) on all models in the area, i.e. without the 3d8 on the target the unboosted version provides.
And I have thought that forced fatigue works like this (all in the same round):
1) I activate a model
2) my opponent activates a model (or not if he/she has already finished all his/her activations in this round)
3) I can come back to the model activated in step 1) and force activate it now (or give action to another model, of course)
Do I really get it wrong.