Antilochus was the first to kill a Trojan captain,
tough on the front lines, Thalysias’ son Echepolus.
Antilochus thrust first, speared the horsehair helmet
right at the ridge, and the bronze spearpoint lodged
in the man’s forehead, smashing through his skull
and the dark came whirling down across his eyes –
he toppled down like a tower in the rough assault.

– Homer

The Iliad, Book 4, lines 529-535. There is a lot of gore in The Iliad. In this brutal battle scene the killing of a Trojan captain by Antilochus is described in gruesome detail. Homer uses a simile to describe how, mortally wounded, he topples like a tower.