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It's an interesting thought that occurred to me. For purposes of shooting at a flyer, it is always treated as being 12" further away than it really is. In order to ignore an Imperial titan's voidshields, a model must be within 12" of it. Now, I would only assume that the super-technical ruling over whether or not a flyer can ever count as being within 12" of a titan for purposes of ignoring its voidshields would be 'Yes, as long as it's base is within 12".'
However, it poses an interesting thought on the spirit of these rules interacting with each other. Since adding 12" to the distance of any weapon attempting to shoot at a flyer is supposed to represent said flyer being far out of reach, even while directly overhead, could one reasonably argue that the same flyer could never count as firing from within a titan's voidshields, even while close to base contact, due to the same princible? I would imagine that for a flyer to buzz close enough to a titan to ignore its shields would be a dangerous and unorthodox manuever that would almost never be considered in a real battle.
Has there been any sort of official ruling on this sort of thing?
It should be able to ignore the shields, provided you quoted the rule accurately as for the purposes of shooting at a flyer, it's treated as being 12'' further away than it is. The flyer isn't being shot at in your example; it's shooting at the Titan, so based on what you've said the rule should never take effect. I haven't read the Apocalypse rules, so I'm just going on what you're saying.
RAI, the flyer could be swooping low for a bombing run or something. It might be super dangerous to get close to a Titan, but I guess it actually is a risk/reward exchange in the fluff; get dangerously close, you get to ignore the void shields.
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That rule only applies to enemies shooting at flyers. It doesn't apply to flyers shooting at enemies. Thus, the autocannons on your flyers still have 48" against ground targets and will still ignore titan void shields if you are shooting within 12" of it.
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The Apocalypse rules (p94) state that when shooting against flyers all weapons have their max range reduced by 12", which is different that adding 12" to the distance. Weapons with a max range of 12", or that do not roll to hit (i.e. template/blast markers/scatter) cannot hit flyers unless they have the Anti-Aircraft Mount rule.
For example, MultiMelta would have max range reduced to 12" and the Melta rule would be 6" vs Flyers. So if the flyer was within 12" it could still be shot at. But Melta guns would have their max range reduced to 0" and cannot shoot at flyers.
When shooting at a vehicle with Void shields (p96), any attack originating further than 12" will hit the shield. Attacks ranged within 12" are inside the field and are not stopped by it.
As long as your flyer's weapon range is less than 12" from the titan, you are inside the void shield and thus ignore it.