If you can withstand the shock of the thock of the arrow passing through eyes, the simile ‘as close as a layer of paint’ could be used in less violent contexts. Logue is a master metaphorist.
‘Arrows that thock, that enter eyes, that pass
Close as a layer of paint …’
Source: Christopher Logue, War Music: An account of Books 1-4 and 16-19 of Homer’s Iliad, London: Faber and Faber, 2001, p. 177
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